Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : Doing a Rollback in Rodeo Barrel Racing
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Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : Doing a Rollback in Rodeo Barrel Racing

September 3, 2019


Hi, I’m Holly Heidemann on behalf of Expert
Village and Bailey and I are going to show you what constitutes a rollback. And since
we are not reiners, we’re not going to do a proper rollback, but what we are going to
do is teach this horse how to slow their back end down, speed their front end up, and get
around quickly. We want that hip slowed down or stopped, front end needs to be moving.
So I’m going to rollback into the fence. I’m going to sit, tip that horse’s nose toward
the fence slightly, but I’m not going pulling them around with my hand. What I’m actually
doing is pushing them around with my foot. So if I’m going to the right, I’m going to
sit, tip that horse’s nose to the right, I’m sitting down deeply to encourage him to put
his behind underneath him, using my left foot up toward the front by the cinch to ask that
shoulder to move to the right because remember, our horse is going to move away from leg pressure.
So I’m going to use that left leg close to the front, ask him to move to the right. The other thing that I’m going to show you
is how to pivot a horse. Again, this is not a reining horse, it’s a barrel racing horse.
But this is an element in reining that is very important to these barrel racing horses
to get control over their shoulders and their hind end. We want that hind end to stay stopped
or still as much as possible. If anything, I want them to back up. I do not want them
forging forward. So if you’ll notice, my horse will back up a little bit sometimes in this
move and that’s because all I want is for him to stay on his hind end and lighten up
his front end. He’s going to pivot in ninety degree angles and we’ll do that both directions.

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  1. i wanna train my horse to barrel race. how do u do rollbacks, and are you suppost to start out slow then go faster when ur horse gets the hang of it?

  2. barrel racing horse, not reining horse. not a proper rollback=good with barrel horse. get over it. no need to explain what she JUST TOLD US!

  3. Okay, I must say I do like this horse, And the woman is very good at performing and explaining the movements. But, When she did the "Rollbacks" at a trot the horse was NOT working off the hind end. It was turning on his front legs and swinging his rear end. This can be helped with slowing further down and keeping more leg to help turn.

  4. Okay, I must say I do like this horse, And the woman is very good at performing and explaining the movements. But, When she did the "Rollbacks" at a trot the horse was NOT working off the hind end. It was turning on his front legs and swinging his rear end. This can be helped with slowing further down and keeping more leg to help turn.

  5. @MissBritanie09 I race on a 25 year old and I use roll backs as a way to warm him up and get his butt underneath him and his front legs moving. Although it's not necessary, it is a great warm up and training aid.

  6. @Cowgirl11396 so I have NEVER seen a roll back done away from the fence! Try watching a reining video on here and you will see they always roll back towards the fence.

  7. im sorry by my trainer taught me a different way that makes more sense to me… not saying this isnt right im just saying that personally i didnt learn from this…. love the horse though!

  8. @flagracer11 because when your horse is learning, it's better to teach them with split. Her horse may be advanced but she's showing you what to usef or your horse.

  9. @proven1955 Look at there name, expertvillage. There just trying to inform horse people as best they can, or future horse people. From what ive seen there pretty good teachers, not perfect about everything but there good teachers.

  10. i do this for both reining and barrels. my barrel horse i got her to canter fast on the rail the turn like this and i get my reining cow gorse to do this to

  11. @countrygirl9519 Well, it actually teaches them to pull thier body around around the barrel instead of being unsteady and slipping from underneath themselves. It will make it so the horse is turing smoother, which makes the rider turn smoother which makes the turn smoother so you can go fast and still have control. I hope this helps. Happy barrel racing. Thanks!

  12. @countrygirl9519 Sure does. They don't wanna run into the fence. It guides the horse and helps them know what you want them to do.

  13. The horse I work once a week is a lazy fat boy. He would either run into the fence and be shocked that I tried to get this nice of a turn out of him, or he would just slow down to a trot/walk when I am kicking him like crazy. I need a horse with some spunk.

  14. thats the silliest thing ive heard. You always roll back into the fence (when teaching). the wall makes the horse turn sharper and quicker. maybe you should check yourself before you call her stupid?

  15. No, its not a rollback at all. there are only one type of rollback. that is simply a sharp turn on the hindqaurters toward the fence. A rollback specifies the horse is "rolling back over the hocks" which this horse is not doing at all.It is still a good exercise, but its not fair to call this a roll back

  16. I'm training my horse to be a barrel racer. She is 9y/o, very smart and learns fast. She is green broke (no intentions of rushing into barrels) but I think it would be good for my mare to know how to do a rollback so when we go to competitions she knows it just that much better. Any advice???Thanks!

  17. Does he have a longer back than most barrel horses? i'm looking to buy a barrel horse and he has a longer back than most barrel horses so i need to know if i can still make 2D he is very fast

  18. You should never allow your horse to execute a manuver incorrectly, especially at a slower speed. If you do, you're teaching them how to do it wrong. The horse in this video was not doing a rollback. Watch him plant his front end and swing his butt around. That is a turn on the forehand. Doesn't matter that he's not a reining horse, it's just wrong.

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