Originally Posted by WickedNag
Going to disagree with the other poster. Start by walking the pattern and getting the horse to learn it. Than you start trotting and than loping. It will take time season barrels horses didn't get their overnight.
One of my daughter's best friends started a horse they took in on back board. Neither her or the horse were ever trained on barrels. Kassidy just turned 15 and has won $$$ buckles and even a saddle. Four years ago she was scared to even lope!
If it was only that easy!!! If what you say is true then she got lucky. There is so much more into training a barrel horse then walking/trotting/loping the pattern. YOU MUST FIRST KNOW how the horse should WALK/TROT/LOPE the pattern. A good barrel horse does not just do these thing around a barrel there is a WAY it must be taught/done so that you end up with a nice horse...not some back yard fruit cake you thought was good until you came into the real world of barrel racing. Not trying to be mean or say that this is the case with the horse you speak of but I just find it very hard to believe that this is all she did and ended up with a high money winning horse.
I will say my mare was a natural when it come to just about anything I do with her, but I still have to teach her the correct way to do things so that the training last and so that she learns the right way.
They are some horses that start of doing very well even when taught poorly but they do not last long. Most get injured (because the were not taught correct body placement) or soured to the pattern (because some people think if I just do it over and over again wrong or right they will learn it). I am not trying to start something or argue just giving my opinion.