In barrel racing circles “rate” can be described as the transfer of weight to the hindquarters, which puts a horse in a more athletic position to round a barrel. With just the right amount of rate, combined with proper body shape on behalf of the horse and rider, as well as timing – a quick, efficient turn is almost inevitable!
Establishing rate may seem as simple as teaching the horse to utilize his hindquarters, or at least utilize them better in order to transfer weight from the forward reaching gallop to a more collected position – both in general AND especially in that specific spot where it’s required on the pattern.
But what if your horse buries his keister like a pro in dry work, and at every other opportunity, EXCEPT in an actual run?
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why your horse seems to rate and use himself so well otherwise, yet STILL struggles with going by barrels in competition, the video below just might illuminate a path to resolving this issue for good.
The truth is, there are MANY factors that contribute to our horses ability to prepare for the turn in an instant. Rate IS necessary, and the horse must have this ability to transition well developed, however it’s quite possible there something getting in the way of that rate being reflected where it’s needed most.
This new video below will help you go beyond the more obvious reasons why you’re flying past barrels (which you’ve probably already addressed), and looks at this common problem from several critical, yet lesser known angles.
So put YOUR detective hat on and look closely – if you already have “rate” and are STILL going by barrels, it’s time to find out WHY your horse is not demonstrating it in run.
When you watch the video below, then take action on it’s contents, you’ll be turnin’ and burnin’ in no time!
While you’re here, feel free to share or ask for feedback on this subject in the comments below – let me know about YOUR experiences with going by barrels – wins AND challenges!
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