I very strongly believe that the problems that show up in a run are often problems that are showing up everywhere else, but they are just more subtle – so they go unnoticed.
Typically a horse that loses engagement in the hind end, will be a horse that doesn’t exactly have a habit of traveling with great quality in general.
Remember that speed and the pressure of competition emphasizes everything! A problem that is barely noticeable will becoming glaringly obvious in a run. This is why it’s so critical for barrel racers to understand what quality movement really is, and how to develop it.
Doing so would solve so many issues on the pattern, which is why I dedicated an entire chapter to the subject of Quality Movement in “Secrets to Barrel Racing Success.”
Let’s say, however, that you have very skillfully developed the quality of your horse’s movement and were absolutely positive they were using themselves correctly on a regular basis with impulsion, collection, flexion and all the other aspects that make up quality movement – and your horse STILL was not engaging his hindquarters on the barrel pattern.
Find out what three exercises I recommend to close the gap between awesome dry work and lackluster barrels in the video below…
For help with overcoming any bad rider habits that only seem to occur in a run, check out “Kiss Bad Barrel Racing Habits Goodbye!”
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Then, in the comments tell me – have you ever had a horse that seemed to revert back to the same old habits at speed, no matter what you did in slow or dry work? What did you do to help resolve the issue?