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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