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post #11 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 04:47 PM
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Wicked, I've been to competitions where the majority of the kids trained their own horses...from a trainer's eye, it wasn't pretty. Sure, they managed to get the horses around the barrels...usually...but there was a ton yanking and spurring and a runaway or two, most of the horses on the wrong lead or stumbling through a change halfway around the barrel, and the kids were all over the place in the saddle.

I am a believer that if one truly wishes to learn well, then they should learn correctly to begin with. That way, when and if they do decide to get serious in 1 or 2 or 10 years, they won't have 500 bad habits to break and 300 good ones to learn in order to be competative.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with striving to be the next Pozzi.
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post #12 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 04:47 PM
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So to the op... if you want to run competitively and run the circuit...you will need to work with a trainer. If you want to run locally and have fun, do some jackpots and some local rodeos you should be able to teach your horse the pattern yourself. Don't start asking for speed till the horse flexes well, knows the pattern

Here is a great article to help you get started.
Barrel Essentials - HorseChannel.com

I do agree that striving to be the next Pozzi is a great goal...
I don't see the kids here with runaway horses or horses that are yanked on or spurred on needlessly. The horses are rearing up when you take them to the gate. I wonder if the demographics come into play here. Most of the horseman I know are horseman all the time. Not just on a weekend. Those horses are being used and know all the basics before they are put into the arena to learn barrels. The horses all flex, side pass, etc.

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post #13 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 05:16 PM
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Here are a couple of pics of Appy and Kassidy. Will try to get more later but have to get back to work.

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post #14 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 06:49 PM
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How are lesson NOT a good idea?

I will recommend you take lessons on him from a qualified instructor.Ive started my own horses...but only after years of coaching. I still head to the trainers for a tune up every now and then.

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How are lesson NOT a good idea?

I will recommend you take lessons on him from a qualified instructor.Ive started my own horses...but only after years of coaching. I still head to the trainers for a tune up every now and then.
I don't think anyone said lessons were a bad idea. Simply if you were doing them for fun, then have fun and don't do it to pour a ton of money into.
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I don't think anyone said lessons were a bad idea. Simply if you were doing them for fun, then have fun and don't do it to pour a ton of money into.
1 lesson every week or every 2 weeks shouldnt break the bank.

I think its far better than hauling and paying entry fees without a chance of winning anything back.
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1 lesson every week or every 2 weeks shouldnt break the bank.
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post #18 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 07:09 PM
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Oh I understand it can be hard! Im a college student with 2 going on 3 horses LOL

I used to work my lessons off at the stable when I was younger. Wouldnt trade it for the world..I learned so much in those 8 years
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To the OP: I've never done barrels, and the closest experience I have is just running around random objects for the fun of it. If you wanna get into it then set up a pattern and walk it, make sure your horse is conditioned (its hard on the joints!) and fed for what you are demanding they do.

It also helps to have a horse that loves it as much as you do. I'd suggest trying to find someone who can help you and give you some pointers if you are looking into seriously getting into the whole competitions and past local shows and also get a new horse for it as well if possible.
But for now, do your research! There is lots of helpful advice in books, youtube videos (look for accomplished racers and watch them, study them and see if you can't pick up the little things they do that make them work.), and slowly put it into practice.

Just please be considerate of the horse, and keep in mind the risks. I don't know them all, but I know arthritis and other problems arise from years of barrel racing oftentimes, so you are going to want to make sure you can afford to take care of your buddy if he does hurt himself working for you.
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post #20 of 32 Old 11-10-2011, 07:23 PM
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I dont have the option to "get a trainer" for anything really. I did my research on barrel racing training on the internet and got help here.... that's my only option...

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