Reasons Horses Hit Barrels and How to Fix It

Molly Powell explains various reasons horses hit barrels and how to fix it.

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More often than not your horse hits a barrel because he is out of balance or not in the correct position. This usually means that your horse has dropped his shoulder and committed to the turn too soon. When you’re approaching the barrel, you want your horses to be balanced, not leaning into the turn. Make sure you’re aiming at the middle of the barrel and then pushing your horse into the pocket before making the turn. 

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