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post #1 of 22 Old 03-12-2013, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel Racing Question

I would like to learn to barrel race with my new QH, but someone told me that if you barrel race a horse that they will only want to run, then you can't trail ride or just pleasure ride. Is this true?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-12-2013, 12:21 AM
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No you learn to balance take it slow and dont constantly run the pattern. In fact don't run it at all for awhile walk/jog till he/she has it down perfectly don't rush into speed that is how horses end up with no brains only wanting to run. Just keep things mixed up and get a good trainer. All of my trainers barrel horses double as amazing trail horses and 2 are even kids horses.

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post #3 of 22 Old 03-12-2013, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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No you learn to balance take it slow and dont constantly run the pattern. In fact don't run it at all for awhile walk/jog till he/she has it down perfectly don't rush into speed that is how horses end up with no brains only wanting to run. Just keep things mixed up and get a good trainer. All of my trainers barrel horses double as amazing trail horses and 2 are even kids horses.
Thank youBarrelracingArabian , my Dad used to barrel race and I would love to do it. I am 46, do you think that I am to old for it?

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Cool. It looks like a great time.
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Nope never too old :) . The best thing about it is if you just want to get into local stuff you dont have to go all out. I'm still after several years of horse issues trying to get really into it. :)

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Nope never too old :) . The best thing about it is if you just want to get into local stuff you dont have to go all out. I'm still after several years of horse issues trying to get really into it. :)
I would just do local stuff. I just want to have fun with my horse. Did you get a special trainer for barrel racing? How long did it take for your horse to learn it?
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post #8 of 22 Old 03-12-2013, 01:24 AM
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Well I havent had a set horse. Yes I have a trainer specifying in barrels, she has 4 barrel horses and one show/rope horse. I currently own one horse who is nowhere near ready to see barrels but am going to be running my trainers little back up grey gelding since we click really well. It depends on the horse really some grab onto barrels others you need to go much slower with. The buckskin i was working with latched onto barrels like no other but the arab gelding I was working with was much arder to get focused without losing his head due to previous bad training. Just don't try and push to hard to fast or you'll sour the horse before you get anywhere.

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Thank you. By the way I love your saddle in your signature pic.

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What is the difference between a barrel racing saddle and a western saddle?

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