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    11-10-2011, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
You'd be surprised if you walked in someone like mines shoes
Exactly it. I know in other areas of the country kids take lesson all the time. Here not so much....I have never known anyone to take a lesson for gaming events. Seems more so for showing English and WP classes.
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    11-10-2011, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I don't 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...
Ah..I wouldnt post too much for help on here..BHW has a great forum full of professionals to amateurs. Id give that a try. Theres only a few on here I would listen to for advice. I understand that some can't afford trainers.

Dena Kirkpatrick has a great you tube channel :)
     
    11-10-2011, 07:30 PM
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Ah..I wouldnt post too much for help on here..BHW has a great forum full of professionals to amateurs. Id give that a try. Theres only a few on here I would listen to for advice. I understand that some can't afford trainers.

Dena Kirkpatrick has a great you tube channel :)
Well, I get opinions from a few forums actually :P
And soon to be joining BHW...
     
    11-10-2011, 07:35 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

LOL a barn with a trainer, not around here. Out of the 5 barns in my area one has a trainer that gives lessons. The other are barns with indoor and outdoor arenas that people board at because they don't own their own land.

Our parents taught us how to ride when we were mere tots. Personally I was not allowed to use a saddle till I could stay on a horse bareback at all gaits. I know many of my friends growing up were the same way. We jumped our horses, ran barrels and poles and chased cattle. We didn't care if we were not sitting on our pockets or if our toes were turned in.

If the OP has access to a trainer and a "finished" horse more power to her. If she wants to start one, I still believe she can do so and she can do it and win if she gets serious.

The horses need to be started right and started slow. Prospects are just that... I don't think any horse should be started on the pattern before the age of 4 and not run till after 5 or 6. I think it takes 2-3 years to get yourself a seasoned horse.

My daughter is going to start Jim on the pattern this year. He is 6. I will post pictures of her winning when he is seasoned and winning.
     
    11-10-2011, 07:39 PM
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LOL a barn with a trainer, not around here. Out of the 5 barns in my area one has a trainer that gives lessons. The other are barns with indoor and outdoor arenas that people board at because they don't own their own land.

Our parents taught us how to ride when we were mere tots. Personally I was not allowed to use a saddle till I could stay on a horse bareback at all gaits. I know many of my friends growing up were the same way. We jumped our horses, ran barrels and poles and chased cattle. We didn't care if we were not sitting on our pockets or if our toes were turned in.

If the OP has access to a trainer and a "finished" horse more power to her. If she wants to start one, I still believe she can do so and she can do it and win if she gets serious.

The horses need to be started right and started slow. Prospects are just that... I don't think any horse should be started on the pattern before the age of 4 and not run till after 5 or 6. I think it takes 2-3 years to get yourself a seasoned horse.

My daughter is going to start Jim on the pattern this year. He is 6. I will post pictures of her winning when he is seasoned and winning.
Agreed that training yourself is far from impossible, I have never had a real lesson in my life (tips from people I've ridden with, but I've only ridden in a ring a handful of times) and I get a lot of compliments on my seat. If OP is dedicated enough, she can learn from her own tools- it just may take a little longer.

Also fullheartedly agree to not really stress the running too early, at least to me the joint health of the horse is pretty important- specially if you expect it to stay an athlete for enough time to make it worth working on.

Op, I'd be interested if you kept a sort of blog of progress on here, it'd be nice to see how you progress and help with questions from there on out.

And Wickednag, looking forward to your pictures as well.
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    11-10-2011, 07:48 PM
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Here are Kass and Appy 3 years ago when the first started competing. She was 12, trained the horse herself. Her little sister who is 7 can ride this horse around the barrels... he is quite the babysitter with Mady on.





If a 12 year old girl can run a barrel pattern on a horse she trained and qualify for Nationals on that same horse 3 years later and place in nationals as well, than I think the op can teach a horse the pattern...

No one said anyone had to agree with me. I think if anyone can afford a trainer, has access to one and wants to use one so be it. But Kass is beating some high dollar horses and doing it on a grade appy they took in on back board.
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    11-10-2011, 07:55 PM
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Nationals in what? NBHA? Its called World in NBHA if so
     
    11-10-2011, 07:58 PM
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Love the picks Wicked!!

I'm glad to hear she is doing so well, sounds like she has some real talent! Very happy for her, it's inspirational to hear someone with enough passion to do that kind of thing.

I think that as long as anyone can admit their mistakes and work to fix them, anyone can join a sport and work on it themselves. I'm not promoting never going to a trainer, but I myself will probably never see one. There are some helpful people on here, and while they might not give straight answers all the time- they give you what you need to research and that itself is a world of help. Sometimes you do need a different set of eyes to judge and show you a different angle- Op, video taping yourself helps a LOT as well, if you can go back and look over yourself performing you can usually spot problem areas that you might have missed before. I know its worked for me a bunch of times.
     
    11-10-2011, 08:35 PM
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Hmm so the little girl I give lessons to, she didn't know a thing about barrels 2 months ago and her new appy had only trotted them. He's 20. Some of me riding him, teaching her how to do the barrels, and to teach him. She's getting faster at every show. 2 months ago he would take complete advantage and it was a fight for her to lope him circles. Now she does it before we began, smoothly and her grandma says she's improved 100%. So she went from trotting and not even being near fast enough to placing in the 3D and 4D at our barns IBRA shows.and they've still got alot of room to improve with. I've seen people train there own, took them a year just to get in the 3D in youth. My area is a very competitive barrel area, people either suck it up and learn the right way to even place or quit. From all this I say each area is different. And if you want to actually do well sooner a trainer is best, and you can train your own but you have to have an open mind, be able to take criticism, take advice,learn well, and in general just be excepting to receive help.
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    11-10-2011, 11:45 PM
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Nationals in what? NBHA? Its called World in NBHA if so
Though I said it was National Little Britches Rodeo... she is a kid you know... just turned 15 last month :)
     

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