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    06-20-2010, 05:41 AM
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Hi all, my friend and I would like to start barrel racing in the next two weeks. I already understand the training that needs to be put in to train a horse to the barrels but I'm always looking for more advice.
I have always worked as a Jillaroo so I'm not a stranger to the saddle or pace, just to the competing. It's an extremely long shot of the horses doing well but we're only doing it for fun.
Would it be bad if we mix the training up? We don't want the horses to get bored so along with the typical trail rides we're also thinking of having a go at jumping too.
Any advice is happily recieved
Thank you.
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    06-21-2010, 05:37 PM
It's my experience that it is always a good idea to incoorporate other activities with performance horses. They are happier and stay more level headed when they arent expected to do the same thing over and over again every time you ride them. Keeps them from getting sour. Good luck!!
    06-26-2010, 03:06 PM
Yup definitely mix it up. My last horse we jumped, did barrels, poles, flags, breakaway roping, trail riding, etc. Always good to keep their mind fresh and have a great all-around horse.
    06-26-2010, 05:26 PM
I agree with the above advice. The best horse I've ever ridden did endurance, hunter pleasure, reining, western pleasure & trail. Horses are smart and need a challenge to not grow bored.

If you don't know much about barrels, I'd recommend picking up a DVD by Charmayne James. I LOVE her methods.
    06-26-2010, 07:22 PM
She's a good barrel racer but I really really don't like her bits. Twisted wire snaffle with a sliding gag, either short or long shanks. Way too much and pretty hard on the mouth, especially since I see a lot of barrel racers at local rodeos who ride like they've never been on a horse before AND and using her bits.
    06-26-2010, 09:14 PM
Oh, I never really looked up bits or anything. A long time ago when I rode barrels my trainer just had me study one of her DVDs. All I know is that she has a pretty good method as far as getting the basics right and explaining things.
    06-29-2010, 01:14 PM
It would be wonderful to mix the training up! Maybe once or twice a week do you want to practice the pattern, and do a lot of slow work. Trail riding will help tremendously also. It helps get their minds off of things :] My horse loves it.
    06-29-2010, 01:38 PM
Ya its good to mix things up a little barrels are alot of fun! Just make shure you don't always do the standard barrel pattern. I knew a horse that was trained by only repatetion of the barrel pattern and you can say its almost like he got upsested and didn't listen to the rider commends anymore. Good luck with everything!
    06-29-2010, 09:02 PM
A few tips for barrels itself: Don't let your horse fight you in the chute. My horse never did it, but in a lot of competitions I went to, horses would get to the entrance gate and dance ALL THE WAY down it. Go to Youtube and look up barrel racing competitions, and you'll see what I mean. I rode at a barrel barn and our arena had a chute, and after a while, every time my horse and I would go INTO the chute, he would try bolting out of it like he was going to do a barrel pattern, even if the barrels weren't set up. I've seen horses throw riders because of it. Try setting up a couple of jumps and begin the course IN the chute. Another thing is if you begin a barrel pattern at a trot or a walk, when you come around the last barrel, DO NOT let your horse bolt for the exit. That creates bad habits at the bottom of the arena.
    06-29-2010, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by Frankiee    
ya its good to mix things up a little barrels are alot of fun! Just make shure you don't always do the standard barrel pattern. I knew a horse that was trained by only repatetion of the barrel pattern and you can say its almost like he got upsested and didn't listen to the rider commends anymore. Good luck with everything!
As for this, DO repeat the same barrel pattern each time. Depending on which lead your horse takes the best, you can do either the right or the left barrel first. It's good to repeat this, because if your horse is expecting you to take the right or left barrel and you take the opposite, he could get confused. If he fights you when you leave the chute, make him turn tight circles. But I'm sure you already know that. :)

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