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Lead the Way

For a fast and safe run, it’s imperative that your barrel horse change leads between the first and second barrel. "It’s actually scary for a horse to turn on the wrong lead because he’s in a position...
Molly Powell is a top barrel racing competitor and clinician and holds the title of 2004 World Reserve Barrel Racing Champion. Powell offered her insight on controlling a barrel horse before and after a run in the January, 2009 issue of...
Photo: micadew on flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Q. How should I shift my weight while going toward, around and then away from a barrel so that I don’t hinder my horse’s ability to make a quick turn? A. The best way to...

Cue Speed Between Barrels

Q. My 6-year-old barrel horse runs to the first barrel and home from the last barrel well, but between barrels she shuts off and practically lopes. I’ve tried kicking and even a crop and spurs to no avail. My...
Photo: Dean Gugler/flickr.com Q. What is the best way to increase my young horse’s flexibility for barrel racing? A. Choosing the right bit and using your leg pressure effectively will help your horse build flexibility and bend. A horse must understand...
Q. My barrel horse will not stop completely or turn after I pass the finish line. What can I do about this? A.  You have to practice just like you want you horse to be at a competition. I like...

Nail That Lead

Teaching your horse to lope off on the correct lead can be achieved in three simple steps: the set-up, the cue and the release. World-champion reining trainer Casey Deary, of Deary Performance Horses in Weatherford, Texas, explains how. Step...

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