This not-your-typical-fence-drill from Danyelle Campbell will teach your horse aggressiveness and physicality with slowing down and being smooth.
Using the fence takes some of the physical pressure off turning the barrel and helps stand the horse’s shoulders up. Driving the horse out of the fence and into a circle, not just a straight line, makes the horse immediately calm down and get fluid. This is not a high-pressure exercise. It’s not a working cow horse rollback. ➡️I do this drill walking, trotting or slow loping—never faster than that. At a lope, the horse needs to be on the correct lead.
1️⃣Aim your horse at the fence at a 45-degree angle. Once you are close, sit down and ask for the stop with your body and your reins.
2️⃣At the same time, life your inside rein up to lift the inside shoulder. If the fence is on your left, lift your left rein. As your horse completes the turn toward the fence, drive forward out of the turn. Your horse will then pick up the left lead.
3️⃣Guide your horse into a left-lead circle around the barrel—big, even and slow. Repeat or switch directions.
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