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        02-03-2012, 07:51 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
    Sounds to me like you have a pretty hot horse on your hands already, I would not suggest you put this horse on barrels yourself AT ALL.
    I am in no way trying to be mean or rude when I say this but you seem to be "cowboying" this horse and a little in over your head when it comes to any formal training.
    I am not saying to be a good rider or barrel racer you have to have a lot of formal training but you most definitely need a good bit to train your horse to be a barrel horse if you wish anything productive to come out in the end.

    I think the best advice I can give you is to continue to just ride him around, trail riding I mean. DO NOT introduce him to any kind of barrels at this point. Take some time and research some local barrel trainers and then find out the cost for their training. Save up the money and do the best thing for you horse and send him off to AT THE VERY LEAST get a good foundation in barrels but on him.
    You would be surprised at the number of trainers out there that would be willing to strike a deal with you, training in exchange for a good worker around. It never hurts to ask.
    Yes thanks. Sunny actually is pretty laid back for the most part. Just when he gets around horses that are like walking up to met him when riding down roads. Lol. But I like the advice. It is helpful. Not rude by any means.
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        02-03-2012, 07:53 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for all the helping from everyone. I have been taking alot of notes and I am going to try to find a trainer close to were I live that would make a deal with me!
        02-03-2012, 08:43 AM
    If you do end up having to train him on your own (I train barrel horses all the time and have for 15 years now) the best thing I can say is walk A LOT. This teaches patients in horse and rider along with giving both of you time to get the pattern good and memorized before anything else. Even once you both are "trained" for the pattern, walk walk walk. It is ok to trot, lope and gallop (on proper ground) the pattern to get it down before competing but nearly all competitors will mostly walk when practicing. Also, to get more speed when you are ready to work on speed after teaching the pattern, use smaller than normal patterns. This will help your horse to run the "rodeo" pattern (bigger patterns) faster because he will be used to a tiny tiny workspace then given more room to move. Start small then go big. The best advice I can really give is stay in it for FUN not money. Sorry if that sounds rude or disrespectful, I've seen many riders go in it for fun and then decide they want ribbons buckles and money more than they want to have fun. That's when your horse will get "tired" and not want to anymore. I've seen champion horses that I've trained myself go downhill due to their owners running them too often and too hard plus with whips and spurs to boot. :'( its a sad thing when that happens but from what I've read here, you are NOT that kind so please don't take offense to that if you need any help feel free to ask. If we were closer I'd train your horse but I'm in Oklahoma :'(
        02-03-2012, 10:34 AM
    Green Broke
    Gee, now I wish I lived in Oklahoma lol. Well my friends aunt might train me and sunny for barrel racing.. and Camo and Me for showmanship,,, possibly
        02-03-2012, 02:47 PM
    Sounds like a really good deal

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