Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : How to Stop a Horse in Rodeo Barrel Racing
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Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : How to Stop a Horse in Rodeo Barrel Racing

August 23, 2019


Hi, I’m Holly Heidemann and on behalf of Expert
Village, today I’m going to talk to you about stopping and backing your horse and the importance
it plays in a barrel racing pattern. Today, when we talk about stopping, there’s three
things I want to watch with my body, and my hands, and my, my feet. The first thing is
when you’re asking a horse to go forward, your body must be forward. Your hands have
to be forward, your body has to be leaning slightly forward, your feet should be under
your hips. If you try to stop a horse and you’re already in the stopping position as
you’re riding around, it doesn’t feel any different to them, but if you’re riding and
you’re riding slightly forward and then you go to a stopped position, your horse can feel
the difference. So first things first, when you’re talking about stopping, have to talk
about going. So going forward, make sure you lean forward at the waist, hands forward,
feet underneath you hips, and then we’re going to prepare for the stop. When you’re getting
ready for the stop, you’re going to do three things. First, you’re going to sit down, so
we were forward – now we’re going to sit down and back. People call that the cutter C where
you kind of make a C with your body. So make hips are tucked underneath me, I’m sitting
down, that’s the first thing you do. The next thing you do is say the word “Whoa”. Whoa
is the universal word for stop, if your horse has been schooled properly that means something
to him. The last thing you’re going to do is squeeze on the reins. Not pull or yank,
but squeeze. So we’re going to sit, say whoa, and we’re going to gather and squeeze with
our fingertips like this to stop our horse. That’s what we’re going to do and I’m going
to demonstrate this with fences. This is a really efficient way to teach your horse to
stop. I’m going to do it with a little bit of speed so you can see how the horse can
get his hind end up and underneath him in a stop.

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  1. I have to agree with how the horse was not yet ready to be stopped like that yet!!! take it back to a trott, work more position less pull on the mouth, get him to respond before running him that fast into the fence

  2. I will agree with everyone. I have a 5 year old T. walker and we show in EVERYTHING not just speed. If he was raced up to the fence full throttle he'll want to jump, not stop.

  3. This is how to not stop your horse. The beginning gave some good tips about body position but the running into the fence…..at any speed. Your horse shouldn't require a fence to stop. Plus a well trained horse that is stopping should have a light mouth, not yanking on the bit like that.

    My horse would have jumped that fence…..He has tried before (Due to broken bridle) Lets just say it didn't end well. For a well rounded horse, it can do anything, including jumping a fence if you run at it.

  4. This woman is incompetent!!!! To get a horse to transition down or stop, you exhale, relax your seat and take your leg off!! If you can't stop your horse, you probably shouldn't be riding. Secondly, running to a fence full throttle is just plain dumb. You and your horse could get seriously hurt.

  5. I never want to see any of her students, if she has any….

    Since when do we stop our horses on the fence???

  6. Running at the fence and then turning right before is way more dangerous then doing a straight stop. I have seen dozens of girls fall off because there horse dives out sideways on them coming home at the end. If they had just taught there horses to straight stop at the gate it would have been avioded. I train all my horses to stop this way!!!

  7. everyone is entitled to their own opinion. but mine is i like to circle out of a canter after the timer and then walk out the gate. I've seen a lot of people fall off because they weren't prepaired for the horse to stop so quick when they run right to the fence. but thats just my opinion.

  8. this lady is right when it comes to barrel racing you should stop your horse like this. all of the people who say their horse will jump the fence or slam into the fences obviously not barrel racers. it is important to stop your horse at the fence because it will teach them to run a straight line home which brings a faster time. if you round your horse off and do a circle at the end of every race your horse will start to anticipate the circle start to run a curved line which adds precious time.

  9. This can be a useful way to teach a horse to stop quickly, but seriously? At that speed and asking to stop so close to the fence, no matter how well trained your horse is there's always a chance that he might not listen, or even just not react quickly enough… I have a tall and skinny 5 year old who would end up plowing through the fence even though he's responsive, this isn't for everyone

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