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    07-10-2012, 10:01 AM
Athletic or Not?

I have a 2 1/2 yr old QH filly that I am planning to start on barrels when she gets closer or after 5 years. But... I am having a hard time deciding if she has the attitude/athletic ability to do it. I picked her up in April and she came from a harsh back ground and was scared to death when I got her. Now that she has warmed up to me she is just a sweetheart and loves the attention.

She is very calm and relaxed which I know is also a good trait but when asking her to round pen she just doesnt really get up and go. Could it be her back ground and she just isn't letting her personality come all the way out yet? Just having a hard time deciding I haven't had a horse that came from this type of back ground yet... Please any and all opinions will help! Thanks!

Oh ya and she is not broke yet so I can't tell her attitude under saddle, waiting tell spring when she turns 3.
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    07-10-2012, 10:19 AM
I have an 8 year old QH mare that was born on our farm. She has always been a slug in the round pen and arena. I use to have to tie plastic bags on the end of the lunge whip just to get her to ooze around the round pen. Part of her problem was lack of respect. A WHOLE lot of lack of respect. But she does just get bored. When I take her out in the pasture and get her into a hand gallop, it's like she is saying "WOOHOO! Finally!" Then she gets some activity and speed.

Give it time and don't let her make you chase her around the round pen. Make her move those feet but don't over do it. That's just my experience with a similar attitude horse.
    07-10-2012, 10:23 AM
Thanks! I hope when spring comes she really shows me somethin under saddle.
    07-10-2012, 10:28 AM
Yea only time will really tell. Trailering her to different places and shows will help a lot, even if she just stands at the trailer with a buddy. I wish I would have done that more with mine. Just don't confuse lazy with bored or disrespectful for that matter.

Mine did that to me in the round pen last week. I was helping her ooze around constantly kissing and flicking the lunge whip. I realized I had lost my mind and gave her one good smack. I know you are not suppose to hit them with the lunge whip, but I would much rather have a respectful, all eyes on me while lunging, horse.

Not saying yours is a respect issue, but mine got away with the lazy card for WAY too long.
    07-10-2012, 10:40 AM
That is a good idea to take her to shows. And I agree I don't like whackin em on the butt but sometimes ya just have to do one good whack and remind them whose boss.

And you could be right should could very well being disrespectful. I have been working so much on getting her comfortable with me even being with her that now she thinks I'm a push over. Thanks!
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    07-10-2012, 04:37 PM
My barrel mare, Selena who has been gaming for about three/four months.... On the lunge line, in the round pen...You can literally BEAT her and she will barely even jog for you. There are rare occasions when she hasn't been ridden in awhile and she gets really fresh and wants to run around, but the other times..forget about it.

But under saddle, she has a LOT of go to her and is extremely athletic.

You'll just have to wait and see how she does under saddle. :)
    07-10-2012, 04:39 PM
Thanks! I really hope she does well she has the sweetest personality! Can't wait for spring.
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