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Archive for March 2019

Baby Basics

Leading futurity trainer Jolene Montgomery explains the skills she expects her young horses to have before she starts training the barrel pattern. Watch Jolene demonstrate these skills in motion in this video. 1. Forward Motion “The No. 1 thing people forget about is forward motion. In everything you do, it’s forward motion. I hear a…

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Down the Fence

Fence work helps professional barrel horse trainer Lacey Harmon quicken a horse’s feet and response time. Trainer’s Tip: “They don’t have to turn back on the fence really hard, but I want them to rate at the fence. When they do turn back, I want them to leave hard. It’s more of a quickness-on-the-backside type…

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Moving Past Alley Issues

If you run barrels, you’ve probably dealt with alley issues at some point. Whether periodic or chronic, try these tips from trainer Kelsey Lutjen to help you and your horse overcome alleyway angst. Check for Soundness Issues “If I get a horse in that has alley issues, the first thing I will do is take…

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Turning Setbacks into Blessings

The ability to create new goals out of setbacks and keeping a small circle of your strongest supporters is important for success inside the arena and happiness outside the arena. By McKenzie Morgan, age 16, originally published in the January 2019 issue of Barrel Horse News If There’s a Will, There’s a Way In my…

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A Bit on Bits with Michele McLeod

The combined knowledge of master bit and spur maker Greg Darnall and multiple National Finals Rodeo qualifier and futurity champion Michele McLeod is immense—so much so that the two teamed up to design a line of bits specifically designed to address many of the common issues riders face with barrel horses. Drawing on McLeod’s years…

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Claiming His Fame

Past NBHA Youth World Champion Michael Duffie and Reclaim Fame added another big achievement to their record this year with a qualification to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo. At only 16 years old, Michael Duffie has already amassed more than $160,000 in Equi-Stat reported earnings. His relatively short career is studded with major wins, including the…

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