Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : The Counter Arc Maneuver in Rodeo Barrel Racing

Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : The Counter Arc Maneuver in Rodeo Barrel Racing


Hi, I’m Holly Heidemann on behalf of Expert
Village and the second lateral movement I’m going to show you today is counter arc. The
counter arc is done in a circle and counter means opposite. So what, instead of poking
his head to the inside of the circle which we would normally be doing in a barrel turn,
I’m going to take and I’m going to ask his nose to come to the outside of the circle.
So if I’m going to be heading right in a right hand circle, I’m going to tip his nose slightly
to the left and I’m going to be using my left leg. Similar to the sidepass, I’m going to
be asking him for lateral movement in that circle, but what I’m really asking for is
his rib cage. I want his rib cage to bend this way while he’s making a circle to the
right. What this does, is it gains control over the hip, and it gains control over the
shoulder. This is very helpful if you’ve got a horse that is diving into the barrels or
what we call shouldering a barrel, which he does some times, and this is a good movement
for him to learn to keep that shoulder up and keep that hip in position. So I’m going
to demonstrate that now.

2 thoughts on “Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : The Counter Arc Maneuver in Rodeo Barrel Racing

  1. you're watching the wrong barrel racers if this is the first soft-handed, knowledable horse-person/trainer you've seen…..we are not all hee-haw hillbillys as some in the non-barrel horse world are led to believe….

  2. There are good and bad riders in every equine sport. A lot of barrel racers have hard hands but I am willing to bet they are not winning every race. The elite ride with their legs and their horses are broke the right way before they race them around 3 barrels. Maybe you should watch some of the ladies that made it to the National Finals Rodeo this year. Outstanding riders, nice horses, and they don't have to jerk them around the barrels.

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