In today’s Q&A video, we’ve described six reasons why horses blow off the third barrel (the reasons also apply to ANY other barrel), AND what to do (which may surprise you), once you’ve pinpoited the problem. When troubleshooting, keep in mind that it’s likely there are a combination of things occurring, so a resolution may require addressing the problem from several different angles.
I certainly feel the frustration anyone has with this issue, because I used to struggle with my horse coming wide off the first barrel. Maybe you’ve felt your horse leave a barrel wide and then make a time consuming swoop instead of a laser-like straight line, and in that moment didn’t feel like whatever you did to correct the error was very effective! The solution to MY first barrel issue was featured in a past Q&A that you might also find helpful, titled Two Contradictory Tips to be Straight and Fast Between Barrels.
If you watch the video below and feel as though your horse could use a refresher to become more responsive, then check out How to Fix a Wide Turn on the Barrels. It’s another past Q&A that goes into greater depth to demonstrate the kind of responsiveness we need from our barrel horses, AND how to get it!
With any issue on the pattern, it’s key to remember is that EVERYTHING IS FIGURE-OUTABLE! There is never a moment in which we have to throw our hands up in the air. When you’re frustrated simply go back to the drawing board to regroup, research a possible solution and give it another go.
There are reasons behind every positive thing our horse does, and everything they do that we perceive as negative. Success leaves clues – study them! Commit to amping up your awareness, knowledge and feel, and you can put an end to covering excess real estate on the pattern and start turning in the fast times (we both know) you and your horses are capable of!
If you’ve ever had a horse with a habit of leaving the third barrel wide, and have any additional advice for resolving this common source of frustration, please share your experience in the comments below!
(Special thanks to “Dotcom” the rope horse for assisting in the demonstration for this video!)