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post #1 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Barrel Racing Tips?

Ive had my horse for 8 months now and I am trying to theach him on barrels, im tryign to teach him to stay on the right lead going around the barrels and leaving them and how to rate them but he will buck and run off with me any tips for me?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 01:33 PM
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First off SLOW trumps FAST.

Secondly, find a trainer to work with you...barrel horses are ridiculously easy to ruin.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 02:41 PM
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To be honest.......get a trainer. Because you don't sound like you really know what your doing, which is fine but isn't the best for your horse. So find a trainer to help you.
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Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-05-2012, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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i am taking him to a trainer next weekend hopefully we can be ready for show season

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-05-2012, 08:04 PM
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You need to make sure he has his leads down pat when you aren't on the barrel pattern, and then perfect the pattern at a trot with good rate and pocket.

And meanwhile, get a trainer.

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-05-2012, 08:55 PM
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I have been working on barrels with my mare for about 9-10 monthes and We barely lope around them yet..... She still needs to rate better and stuff like that.. go slow first and don't rush...
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If you want a nice horse you will be smart and not try and run him till late next year...if you want a horse to run please just go get a finished/seasoned barrel horse.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 07:52 PM
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Like everyone above me said, yes get a trainer that will help you a lot, secondly, you really need to start off slow, yes it's boring but worth it at the end. You can still do shows going slow and although it might not exactly be fun going slow, it's going to teach your horse the patterns and a plus, he won't be like some people's horses that just get in the arena and want to run and go crazy. Another thing too, make sure you practice a lot like they say, "practice makes perfect" anyways I really hope you do good with training your horse and get him to his full potential and that you reach your full potential as well!
Good Luck!!!!

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 10:56 PM
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Yes, going slow will help.

I started teaching my aunt's black and white paint gelding, Cash, barrel racing and pole bending last year because I'm in a club called Gymkhana and We walked and by the time it was over in early August last year (started in May so I started barrel racing and pole bending in March last year) he and I were doing Poles and Barrels at a trot. Haven't done them since last August, but I'm confident that Cash will do great this year and we might get up to a lope doing barrels and poles.

Patience is the main thing as well! haha walking is boring, but once you're able to do it at a trot you'll feel proud of yourself and your horse. :) best of luck to you!

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-13-2012, 11:15 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum..I do agree with everyone who has suggested getting a trainer to help you, it really is the best bet..You'll have MUCH better luck at being successful when you're working with a trainer. I would also take a look at a thread I started, Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills., it has a ton of good information and drills for a beginner and most drills are even done with finished horses. You just have to realize that training a horse for barrels is NOT a fast task. It takes years to start, train, and season a finished barrel horse. If you push your horse too fast you could sour him or worse...That said, just keep things fun and different when working barrels with your horse. Don't make every ride about "work", if you both are new to this you'll both learn a lot along the process..Probably both good and bad experiences, so don't get discouraged if things don't go as planned or take longer than you'd like. It's better to take your time and have a better (and longer lasting) horse in the long run, than to rush your horse and sour him on the pattern..You'll both be miserable.. A trainer can give you much better advice because they are there in person and can address your needs as well as your horse's needs. Anyway, good luck and remember to take your time! Keep it positive and fun..It will come with dedication, hard work, and time..

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