Barrel Horse Gone Crazy

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    04-21-2014, 10:41 AM
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I have a 15 year old barrel horse mare she has been shown but was out to pasture 3 years before I bought her she will work the pattern perfect at home but go to a show and she blows up and will rear and run away and fight the whole pattern what can I do to fix this bad habit before one of us gets hurt badly I have a video of her working at home and at a show please any tips I will take she has the speed and heart to do it and I will try anything to help her.
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    04-21-2014, 10:47 AM
Stop hauling to races.

You need to either work at home or an empty arena, right now this horse is deemed dangerous

Check her teeth, back, body, ect. Make sure she's 100% sound. She could be sore or in pain. Do you do slow work? Walking and trotting the pattern?
What bit are you using? Does your saddle fit correctly?

Make sure she is vet checked before you try any advice given on this thread.
    04-21-2014, 10:51 AM
She does slow work fine I am posting a video of her she has been vet checked she is sound and her teeth have been floated and saddle has been checked at fits her and no soreness in her back she is perfect at home and when I take her places to practice but at a show she will go crazy. She uses a jr cow horse bit that is broken.
    04-21-2014, 11:06 AM
Alright, so with that lets see.

When you work her does she yield her shoulders, ribs, and rear end? Does she collect her head and body? When you take her to the arena just don't run. Don't push her or ask her for speed. If she is fine in the back or warm area, try exhibitioning or practice running her at your slow work speed.
The last thing you need to do now is run her.
I would try taking her in an exhibition at a trot or even a walk and work with her on bending, collecting, and relaxing throughout her pattern. Let's watch the video and go from there as well
    04-21-2014, 11:07 AM

Slow working the pattern
    04-21-2014, 11:09 AM
She will yield side pass ask to stop and back with no problem at all I can ask to go any speed at home or out somewhere practicing but at a show she will not walk or trot the pattern without fighting or rearing
    04-21-2014, 11:43 AM

First show of the season 4-19-14
    04-21-2014, 12:08 PM
Was she being sold as a barrel horse?

I'm guessing she was put in the pasture for 3 years because of how she is at shows. She's blown up, and you might be able to fix it and you might not. Her problems not at home, it's the show. The only way you might be able to fix it is by hauling to shows and only doing exibition or just ride her around and don't even do barrels. Your going to have to take her in at a walk and trot only until she calms down and focuses on her job. It's going to take alot of time and patience before your able to actually show her.

You need to stop working on them at home. Haul to other arenas and work calmly at them and shows. The key is to keep her calm.
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    04-21-2014, 12:12 PM
Neither video was slow work. Both were cantering/running.. She needs to be worked at a walk and trot for a while. Honestly, I would trot to the barrel, say "Whoah." firmly at the barrel and make her walk around it. She wants to go faster? Just keep making her go around the barrel until she is listening. Have you considered that this mare may need other outside work? Like trails etc. Get her away from the barrels sometimes? Not saying you don't. She looks out of control at the show. And I would have been so far up her butt for that, she wouldn't know what to do with herself. That is not acceptable at all. She DEARLY needs to learn to walk and trot the pattern only after she is walking it without any issues. It would be in your best interest not to allow her to run the pattern anywhere until she is walking is perfectly, then trotting it perfectly, then cantering between barrels slowly and calmly and trotting around them correctly, with no fuss. Until then, I don't believe she should be allowed to run them at all. This is out of control, and very dangerous. As the other member said you may be able to fix it and you may not. If she won't stop this, and you can't fix it. Then her barrel career needs put to an end.
    04-21-2014, 12:23 PM
I can't see the videos

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