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Emily works Ice, a 3 year old Epic Leader gelding that was started on the pattern in the spring. They have been stepping up and going to exhibitions. He has started to have a weight transfer causing him to slow down in the front end going into the turn instead of staying on his hind end. She says this can feel choppy and can create a horse that is front endy or cheaty.
Emily works a 5 year old Corona Cartel mare that is just getting started and has just over 30 days on the pattern. She has struggled with stepping her up because the mare gets worried and panics when asked to get quicker and sharper and as Emily works to get one handed. Emily helps keep the mare calm and relaxed as she continues the training.
Pop Rocks has a little sticky spot in his left turns where he gets stiff and pulls out. Emily works on getting him soft through his rib cage as she adds speed and pressure.
Sig is a three year old by Sixes Liaison. He's very talented and very fast, but as Emily has been asking for more speed, he's started to disengage his hind end.
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THE CHASE.

Principles Of Barrel Racing

Futurity barrel horse trainer Emily Necaise 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. Emily takes an individualized approach to each horse and appreciates their strengths while recognizing their weaknesses to build a horse that is broke, confident and prepared for its job.

About the Trainer

Emily Necaise

Emily Necaise is a Mississippi native training out of Pilot Point, Texas where she rides colts for Highpoint Performance Horses and takes her own outside clients. She is the foundation trainer to the trainers starting futurity, derby and rodeo winners. Horses have gone on to Fallon Taylor, Kelsey Treharne, Joy Wargo, Sharin Hall, Marne Loosenort and more.
She apprenticed under the top names in barrel racing and put together her program based on the foundation of elevation, engagement, soft ribs and momentum. The horse industry knows it’s the two year old person who builds the winning foundation the top horses in the world possess. We couldn’t be more excited to have the barrel racing industry’s top foundation girl leading you through the barrel series. You’ll be able to follow her two year olds, first major crop of 3 year olds and the occasional older horse as she puts the top foundation program in the world on. In addition, get ready to watch her breakout futurity year!
FILTER BY: Ice | Bunny | Sly | PYC PaintYourWagon Mare | Barney | Maggie | Dreamer | Celina | Rocket | Sig | Pop Rocks | ALL
Emily uses Ice, a four year old by Epic Leader, to demonstrate the vertical barrel drill. The goal of this drill is to help a horse rate while approaching the barrel, stay engaged throughout the turn, and leave from the barrel straight. Emily explains that this drill is also good for helping a rider stay square while riding through the pattern.
Emily takes Bunny through her diamond barrel exercise. Her goal with this drill is to work it all rights and all lefts to really focus on Bunny's form and hitting all four points correctly around the barrel.
Emily works through the four steps of the roll back on a large young horse. She then explains how size can effect the movement and agility of a horse, so it is important to keep that in mind during training. Emily then goes on to work the barrel pattern and talks about how the size of the turn needs to be adjusted to the capabilities and size of the horse.
Emily talks about how she works with a more high strung off the track horse. She works through the mare's sensitivities by staying soft and consistent and by working through different exercises to keep the horse's mind and feet moving to make her more balanced and broke.
Emily uses Willow, a six year old mare by Fast Prize Jordan, to demonstrate how she goes about working with a horse who has a tendency to be fussy with its head and lean into the first barrel.
Prior to working on the barrel pattern, Emily works Barney, a three year old by HP Dash Ta Fiesta, through the basics of softness, body control and shape, and line control. She then takes Barney through the pattern for the second time with a focus on staying correct and shaped around each barrel.
Emily brings back three year old futurity prospect Maggie after some time off. Her goal for this ride is keep Maggie driving forward and moving up and around through her turns.
Emily advances three year old Dreamer's barrel pattern by adding speed. By adding speed, Emily will be able to see and work through any areas that need improvement.
Emily demonstrates the technique she uses to go about teaching a horse, who has a tendency to elevate and climb out of the turn, to stay down and reaching forward through the turn.
Emily talks through different techniques and warmup exercises she uses to prepare a young, green horse to work the pattern.
Emily talks about the four elements of consistent foot work and body form that she focuses on for a horse with 30 days of barrel pattern training; elevation, engagement, a soft rib, and momentum.
Emily works to progress Ice's consistency and strength around the pattern. Emily's focus for this ride is to work on softness and driving Ice forward into the bridle to engage his hind end and elevate his front end.
Emily continues her ride on Ice by building confidence and schooling the pattern. She explains how, after 60 days of pattern training, the horse knows the pattern and job, yet it is important she stay consistent with her cues and training in order to keep him from being heavy in the front end.
Emily uses Sly, a three year old filly by Sly by Design, to demonstrate a warmup exercise that focuses on rate. She explains how this exercise translates over to the barrel pattern and is important for advancing a horse's speed.
After practicing rate through a good warmup exercise, Emily continues her ride on Sly by working the pattern. Emily explains the importance of getting a horse deep enough around the barrels in order to keep momentum and make a strong turn while continuing to rate and stay in good form.
Emily works to advance Barney's barrel pattern by adding speed. Being a horse that tends to be a little fractious, Emily explains different techniques she uses on the pattern to keep Barney confident, focused, in form, and soft while introducing something new.
Emily prepares Maggie, a three year old mare, who is exhibitioning and getting close to clocking. She demonstrates a drill to get her feet moving and prepare to go clock later in the week.
Bunny wants to elevate around the second barrel, so Emily addresses how she gets stiff part way through her turn.
Ashley works on holding Ice's hind end under him. He occasionally crossfires and loses his hind end.
Corona Cartel horses tend to be a little hot and fragile minded and this 5 year old mare is no exception. Emily shares how she helps a horse with this mindset to relax.
This three year old has started to get choppy and sling his butt out when going around the barrel. Emily demonstrate where he's at and what she likes to work on to fix these issues.
Sig is a three year old by Sixes Liaison. He's very talented and very fast, but as Emily has been asking for more speed, he's started to disengage his hind end.
Pop Rocks has a little sticky spot in his left turns where he gets stiff and pulls out. Emily works on getting him soft through his rib cage as she adds speed and pressure.
Emily works a 5 year old Corona Cartel mare that is just getting started and has just over 30 days on the pattern. She has struggled with stepping her up because the mare gets worried and panics when asked to get quicker and sharper and as Emily works to get one handed. Emily helps keep the mare calm and relaxed as she continues the training.
Emily works Ice, a 3 year old Epic Leader gelding that was started on the pattern in the spring. They have been stepping up and going to exhibitions. He has started to have a weight transfer causing him to slow down in the front end going into the turn instead of staying on his hind end. She says this can feel choppy and can create a horse that is front endy or cheaty.

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