Relationships are built outside the turn — and isn’t that what we all want from our horses? A good relationship? They begin from the moment we catch our horse, to how we feed him, and how we interact with them on the daily: these things set the tone for our relationship.
Building a better barrel horse is something I have strived to do over the past two decades. What I’ve learned is that the best horses are built outside the turn.
I felt like barrel racing the world could use a little more “outside the turn logic” and a not another site full of “drills” to teach our horse the pattern. Therefore, I hope you find this site useful. I aim to chalk it full of intuitive horsemanship/whole horsemanship for everyone, but specifically the competitive barrel racer.
I’ll do my best to take you from the pasture to the pay-window while building a happy, whole horse.
The more you know about how a horse thinks and what’s important to them in their world, the easier it is to create a language that we can both use to become successful in our chosen field – be it barrel racing, calf roping, trail riding or ranch work. I’ve learned over — the past 3 decades of training horses and people — that we tend to make things a lot more difficult than they really are.
If you have a problem horse, I’d love to help you work through that too: I’ve spent nearly two decades fixing blown up, sour horses. They can always be helped. Always. Often they’re sour because they’ve been asked for more than they can give: I’ll teach you how to go back and rebuild them, making them safer and more solid.
Now, let’s get outside the turn and build a relationship with our horses, shall we?
Won’t you join me on my journey to build a better barrel horse, as I share with you the lessons I’ve learned through blood, sweat, tears and of course good times.