A few months ago, I introduced the concept of RSPA or “rate/shape point anxiety” and it’s damaging effects.
I also shared a video post in which I walked through the process of acing the first barrel with my simple 3×3 Troubleshooting Plan.
The second barrel turn on the other hand, creates a challenge unlike any other, thus making it the most commonly tipped barrel.
This is in large part because we have the shortest distance between barrels and happen to be running straight into a wall – which often doesn’t have much real estate behind it, contributing to horse’s tendencies to “get short” and anticipate the turn.
There’s so much more to resolving this problem than “picking a horse’s shoulder up,” however. If you take the right steps, you can blast across the pen with speed and good timing to nail your second barrel without stutter steps, hesitation, dropping in, or all the other unpleasantries that are SO common.
As you’ll learn in the video below, anticipation at the second barrel can become a thing of the past, but only if we take two steps back to intelligently consider the problem as it’s source AND solve it in a complete, thorough, and multi-faceted way.
So often the key to problem solving is in isolating and separating the parts that make up the successful finished maneuver. We need to really understand what’s happening and where the weak spots are.
Once identified, we can take time to address these areas individually first and then put it all back together for a solution that lasts.
Click here for the printable 3×3 Troubleshooting Plan.
The resources, articles and videos listed below will prove helpful as well:
- The First 51 Barrel Racing Exercises to Develop a Champion
- Keep ‘em Standing – Four Tips for Reforming a Barrel Crasher
- Prior and Proper Preparation with NFR Barrel Racer, Lisa Lockhart
- Teach Your Barrel Horse to Maintain Body Shape for Better (Faster) Barrel Racing
Now, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts, challenges and WINS regarding the second barrel.
What aspect of the turn has been difficult for you in the past?
What will you be doing differently from now on?