Originally Posted by barrelbabe
ok not sure if this is the right place to ask this or not but it will give me someware to start I guess. Ok I ma riding this horse for some one. He is a 12 year old paint rescue so that leaves me with hardly any backround knollage. Just that he wound up in philly as a cart horse for the tourest, and the things I found out about his personality buy trial and error. He is veary high strung for his age(you have to run him around the round pen and sweat him up perty good before you get on or its bucking time.). He neck rains like a beast so he didnt start out life as a cart horse. I am a barrel racer so I like to use barrel rains but he likes the split rains I first used on him. I am now riding him in a sweet iron full cheak snaffle witch he likes, untill I started using a tighter rain on him. I have started the horse on barrels. Every horse I barrel raced was always ridden in a hack and I would like for him to go in one to. He listons vary well in a halter in the round pen the only issue is the open spaces. He wants to take off with me. He's only ridden once or twice a week by me. He's not realy hard to stop just a little harder then he should be. I want to get I jim warner hack for him but would that controle a hot horse enough where im not allong for the ride while he's running off with me? Thank you all for any insight
i see so much wrong with this.
First - bits are not beaks. They are communication.
Second - if you have to run a horse to tire them out before you can ride, then you've got a lot more issues. Try learning the underlying cause (such as fear esp since you mention he is a rescue) and addressing that. All you are doing by running him off his feet before riding is training him to know that work = exorbitant running and he's probably not sure why.
Next - if he's running off in open fields, he's scared.
Finally - imo THIS HORSE SHOULD NOT BE RUNNING BARRELS. He should be learning how to trust humans, and doing basic conditioning. Balanced fast is very different from flat fast. Flat fast knocks barrels and balanced fast is tighter and cleaner (and faster).
Until you get him to trust you and understand the aids as tools of communication rather than as means of forced control, your progress will be limited at best.