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The softer and suppler your horse is, the better you’ll be able to shape his body and get him to perform specific maneuvers. “One of the biggest complaints I receive from barrel racers is their horses taking over and tuning their riders out when they get on the pattern. It becomes impossible for the riders to rate or shape their horses around the barrels,” Clinton says. “My answer to that problem is to get the horses better broke, meaning teaching them to give to pressure and gaining control of their five body parts—the head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters. That way, when you run the pattern with them, they stay tuned in to you and you can control them.”
In the summer 2018 No Worries Journal article, “Barrel Suppling Exercises,” Clinton shares two dry-work exercises to practice with your barrel horse, or any horse you’d like to get more handle on. Both exercises are good ways to spice up a training session or make good use of a limited riding area.
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