Rodeo Barrel Racing Tips : Doing a Rollback in Rodeo Barrel Racing

Uploaded by expertvillage on 11.03.2008

Hi, I'm Holly Heidemann on behalf of Expert Village and Bailey and I are going to show
you what constitutes a rollback. And since we are not reiners, we're not going to do
a proper rollback, but what we are going to do is teach this horse how to slow their back
end down, speed their front end up, and get around quickly. We want that hip slowed down
or stopped, front end needs to be moving. So I'm going to rollback into the fence. I'm
going to sit, tip that horse's nose toward the fence slightly, but I'm not going pulling
them around with my hand. What I'm actually doing is pushing them around with my foot.
So if I'm going to the right, I'm going to sit, tip that horse's nose to the right, I'm
sitting down deeply to encourage him to put his behind underneath him, using my left foot
up toward the front by the cinch to ask that shoulder to move to the right because remember,
our horse is going to move away from leg pressure. So I'm going to use that left leg close to
the front, ask him to move to the right.
The other thing that I'm going to show you is how to pivot a horse. Again, this is not
a reining horse, it's a barrel racing horse. But this is an element in reining that is
very important to these barrel racing horses to get control over their shoulders and their
hind end. We want that hind end to stay stopped or still as much as possible. If anything,
I want them to back up. I do not want them forging forward. So if you'll notice, my horse
will back up a little bit sometimes in this move and that's because all I want is for
him to stay on his hind end and lighten up his front end. He's going to pivot in ninety
degree angles and we'll do that both directions.