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Caroline works with a derby horse and prepares to get him ready for Fort Smith. He is a horse that likes to turn and needs help finishing the turn and staying a little more stiff.
Caroline works MJ on the pattern and works on keeping him focused and tries to help keep him from being too "noodly" around the turns.
Caroline works with Mary on the pattern and continues to advance her. She has gained confidence in the pattern and has smoothed out and is less hoppy in the turn. Caroline also really focuses on helping keep her shoulders elevated and driving from the hind end.
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THE CHASE.

Principles Of Barrel Racing

Futurity barrel horse trainer Caroline Boucher coaches horses through their first years of training and competition. This series shows you horses from their very first time on the pattern to horses that are actively competing. Caroline believes in the importance of developing a strong feel and solid basics. She focuses on becoming a team with every horse, preserving their natural style, having them work by themselves around the barrels and keeping them happy. Her goal is to train horses that other people can ride after her and have long careers. She loves to share her knowledge with others. 

About the Trainer

Caroline Boucher

Native from Quebec, Canada, Caroline started her journey in English riding, where she developed her feel of the horse and learned fundamentals. At 11 years old, she discovered barrel racing and then was hooked on the discipline. Until 2014, she had a full-time job and was training her own horses, coaching and giving clinics on the side. In Canada, she won and placed at multiple futurities, derbies and rodeos aboard horses that she mostly trained herself. In 2015, her and her husband Olivier bought their ranch in Canada and offered boarding, training and coaching and, she started to compete in the USA in 2016. In 2023, Caroline and Oliver sold their ranch in Canada and moved permanently to Texas. Some of her biggest career accomplishments are: - 2019 Kinder Cup futurity slot race winner (or long go winner) - 2019 Isabella Quarter Horses futurity slot race reserve champion (Edna) - 2019 Lance Graves futurity reserve champion - 2020 Southern Rebel futurity reserve champion - 2020 Pink Buckle futurity champion - 2022 OKC Futurity slot race champion - 2023 Old Fort Days futurity champion - 2023 BFA Futurity finals long go winner
FILTER BY: Duke | Guapo | Judd | MJ | Mary | Rusty | ALL
We are excited to welcome the host of the 2024 season, Caroline Boucher! We will be following along with some 4 year old futurity hopefuls and some younger horses just starting on the pattern. Caroline is excited to coach you through the year and see the progress the horses and you make!
Judd aka Feeling Epic is a 4 year old that is being held. He is a nice horse that wants to please. Watch his video to learn more!
Mary is a Dash Ta Fame 3 year old out of a Marthas Six Moons mare. In her first video she has been on the pattern for 3 weeks. Mary likes the pattern and wants to go around the barrels. Some of the things Caroline has to work on with her is scotching around the barrels and helping her to increase her stride as she has a naturally shorter stride.
Guapo is a 4 year old stud that is being held for the 5 year old year. He is very fast and is a nice horse that wants to do his job. Watch Caroline and Guapo as they prepare for his first year of competition.
Caroline spends episode one discussing what a horse needs to be able to do before she starts them on the pattern and shows how she approaches the pattern. She breaks down her lines around the barrels and why she works the way she does. This episode is to prepare viewers for her training sessions to come.
Caroline works Guapo on the barrels and demonstrates her "perfect circle" and "entry and exit" drills to keep forward movement. She focuses on keeping him moving around the barrel and finishing the turn because he is very turning and wants to turn.
Caroline works on making a horse smooth and staying slower after a weekend of hauling and exhibitions. She explains how she likes to sit in the turns, theories on patterning and how to help a horse that wants to please and can overdo things.
Caroline works Mary on the pattern and focuses keeping her hips in an efficient spot and helping to keep her moving in the turns and not scotch.
Caroline goes over 4 fundamentals she needs off pattern to have success with her horses on the pattern.
Caroline rides Mary off the pattern and then works her on the pattern.
Caroline introduces MJ and shows how she works on keeping a horse a little more stiff in the turns.
Caroline works a derby horse that she feels has a unique style and has the natural tendency to lock her hips in the turn. She shows how she helps unlock the hips and keep the horse moving around the barrel.
Caroline works on keeping Judd smooth, soft and supple around the turns instead of getting stiff.
Caroline works with Mary on the pattern and continues to advance her. She has gained confidence in the pattern and has smoothed out and is less hoppy in the turn. Caroline also really focuses on helping keep her shoulders elevated and driving from the hind end.
Caroline works MJ on the pattern and works on keeping him focused and tries to help keep him from being too "noodly" around the turns.
Caroline works with a derby horse and prepares to get him ready for Fort Smith. He is a horse that likes to turn and needs help finishing the turn and staying a little more stiff.

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