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by Jackie Roeser

​Each step of a barrel racing horse’s training is intended to lead to flawless turns that are fast and free. For the horse to develop that turn they need to be taught to give their head so the rider can drive the horse’s hind end up under them and keep it there with their legs. When a horse gives their head the rider can begin to lift up their back with their legs and begin to teach the horse collection.

From the beginning of a young horse’s career it is important to teach that horse to give their head at the poll when pressure is applied to the reins or to give their head to the side when asked. At Roeser Ranch we start in the round pen by bitting up our horses so they learn to move forward into the bit and give their heads. When we bit up a horse, we

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