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    02-11-2012, 10:59 PM
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Foal
Barrel Bumper! Quick fix?

My 7 year old mare continues to bump barrel and I don't know how to make her stop. I just started training her for barrels a month ago, so I need to fix the problem now. My gelding is a barrel racer, and I need her to be more like him. He refuses to hit a barrel! I went to a show once, where for a trail class they required you to trot up and have your horse knock the barrel over and he wouldn't do it! Upon asking him a 4th time he reared up. I want that attitude in a barrel horse. I want her to say "You want me to do WHAT!?" When I ask her to knock the barrel over. I don't know if the problem may be that she's so bombproof. I don't want to make her a skittish horse, I just want her to think that if she doesn't get her butt around that barrel it's going to jump out and eat her. The only problem is, I have no clue how to do that without causing more problems. (ex. She is too terrified to make sharp turns, she spooks at barrels, etc.) Please help! Thanks!
     
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    02-11-2012, 11:07 PM
  #2
Trained
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Originally Posted by Ally56    
My 7 year old mare continues to bump barrel and I don't know how to make her stop. I just started training her for barrels a month ago, so I need to fix the problem now. Why is it so important to fix everything "now"? A horse would not willingly bump a barrel over unless a) they were trained incorrectly to turn b) They are beginning to cheat the turn (Also a result from not learning correctly in the first place) or c) the rider is doing something to throw them off. A month is not a long amount of time for barrel training.

My gelding is a barrel racer, and I need her to be more like him. He refuses to hit a barrel! I went to a show once, where for a trail class they required you to trot up and have your horse knock the barrel over and he wouldn't do it! Upon asking him a 4th time he reared up. I want that attitude in a barrel horse. You want an attitude with a horse that rears? This I do not understand. A barrel horse should not knock a barrel over when trained and ridden correctly, but if you steer that hrose at one he better darn well not stray from where you put him. I don't care if there's an army in the way, if you point the horse a direction they should go no matter what they have to run through. But of course, don't run your horse into anything dangerous.

I want her to say "You want me to do WHAT!?" When I ask her to knock the barrel over. I don't know if the problem may be that she's so bombproof. I don't want to make her a skittish horse, I just want her to think that if she doesn't get her butt around that barrel it's going to jump out and eat her. I repeat...Why? Like I said on your other thread, go back and make sure you are doing everything right. Find a good trainer to help you. A horse that is trained properly to do this will willingly do it.

The only problem is, I have no clue how to do that without causing more problems. (ex. She is too terrified to make sharp turns, she spooks at barrels, etc.) Please help! Thanks! Please find a trainer. It is very hard to train your own barrel horses.
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    02-11-2012, 11:10 PM
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Trained
Okay, in another thread you are saying that your horse WON'T run, that either she's lazy or disinterested. And now here, your posted about the same mare HITTING barrels.

She's only had 1 MONTH of training?

You should still be walking or trotting the pattern. I guarantee that your training is the cause of this mare's problems. You need to slow down and do it right the first time or your going to end up with a nutcase horse that is too hot to ride. It takes years to train a top barrel horse. YEARS.

I recommend finding a trainer or a mentor to work with you.
     
    02-11-2012, 11:42 PM
  #4
Foal
I understand about finding a trainer, but I promise you, I have looked and the only ones I know of that are reliable are hours away. I live in town where hardly any horse people live. The only people I know who know anything about barrel racing either don't train, or live far away. And I don't want a top horse. I just want a horse that tries her hardest for me. I worked with her for about 18 months on jumping, 30 months on English in general. I'm now trying to work with her on western. I want her to be an all around horse, and the next event I need to work on is barrel racing. I don't need her to be a top barrel racer, or even place first, I just want her to try, not act like she's half asleep when she see's the barrels.
     
    02-11-2012, 11:52 PM
  #5
Trained
And all that you want will come with months and months of slow work and correct training.
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    02-12-2012, 12:00 AM
  #6
Foal
Ok, I'll just do slow work. Do you have any suggestions on hos to make it interesting for her?She get's bored easily. When I was training for jumping, there was no end to how we could set up the jumps, where at, what she jumps etc. But as far as I'm concerned, a barrel is a barrel. Turn around tree's? Idk. Suggestions?
     
    02-12-2012, 12:01 AM
  #7
Green Broke
No this is not a quick fix..at ALL...When training barrel horses "quick fixes" aren't acceptable...As said in the other thread, you do NOT need to be pushing her at all..I'm not really going to respond in this thread anymore because I would just be saying the same thing as in the other thread..
     
    02-12-2012, 12:03 AM
  #8
Banned
Please, a video would be great.

Quick fixes = bigger problems
     
    02-12-2012, 12:05 AM
  #9
Foal
I understand nothing is a quick fix. Trust me, it took me months to get her to stop over jumping, and years to get her leads right. I was just looking for a catchy title is all.
     
    02-12-2012, 12:07 AM
  #10
Banned
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Originally Posted by Ally56    
I understand nothing is a quick fix. Trust me, it took me months to get her to stop over jumping, and years to get her leads right. I was just looking for a catchy title is all.
okay.....so what about that video?
     

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