Why So Serious ?

It’s race day, the early morning sun is shining, horses are eating and all is well. We haven’t competed yet so we have nothing to be angry, upset or disappointed with. We are in a place of optimism, possibilities and potential, “yay I think I am really going to crush...

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Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. 

Leadership lessons learnt through horses. Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard.  The path of least resistance is real. We see it all around us, from the rain running down in a stream away from our barn, to the natural ways we can train and work our...

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3 Things to Make Fast & Smooth Barrel Racing Turns

3 Things to Make Fast & Smooth Barrel Racing Turns

I have been thinking and questioning "What makes a great barrel?" and this is probably a question that a lot of us have. The reason we finish a turn well is because we approach it well. BUT HOW?! These are the things that I'm going to tell you that I think are the key...

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The Beginner Guide to Barrel Racing

The Beginner Guide to Barrel Racing

Horses, speed, competition and adrenaline; all things barrel racing has to offer us. Barrel racing is a times event with nothing but you, your horse and three barrels to conquer. The race is a clover leaf pattern, starting with either a left or right turn depending on...

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Entering My FIRST “Big” Barrel Race

Entering My FIRST “Big” Barrel Race

 I remember showing up to my first barrel race; a local rodeo in my hometown. I drove to the fairgrounds earlier that day to enter. I wasn’t a member of whatever organization it was, I was just some 14 year old kid who wanted to run barrels. At the time I was riding...

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To Expo or Not To Expo Your Barrel Horse on Race Day

To Expo or Not To Expo Your Barrel Horse on Race Day

      Do you Believe in Exhibitioning your Barrel Horse?          We Do Exbos!   We feel they are a good thing. Especially if you have a hot horse that doesn't want to slow down and concentrate on you. They are a great time to go in the arena...

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Easy Barrel Drill For Smoother, Quicker Turns

Easy Barrel Drill For Smoother, Quicker Turns

This is one of my go-to drills It helps teach you and your horse the cues you're going to use when approaching and turning the barrel. With some repetition of this drill, you use your hands less and your body more, making your communication with your horse light and...

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How to Get Shoulder Control on your Barrel Horse

How to Get Shoulder Control on your Barrel Horse

This is a sure way to get more shoulder control, get a quicker moving horse that stays between your hands.  As you can imagine the importance of a square horse, we don't always know the best approach. Are we too straight? Do I need more bend? etc.  This drill came...

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