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    01-25-2012, 07:25 PM
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Breezing your Barrel Horse

Do any of you, on your time off of the pattern or whatever, go to a field and run your barrel horse? And what are your opinions on this?

I, personally, think that it would be a good idea to go out in a field, let the horse run, and focus on bringing the horse back to a lope, then stretching out a bit, and bringing the horse back, asking for a sprint....ect. Is a good thing for seasoned horses and horses in training.

Your thoughts?
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    01-25-2012, 08:26 PM
I do it. I just make sure the field is long enough because my horse can go a long ways. I don't find anything wrong with it and my horses love doing it. But I don't do it often. My favorite thing to do is go out in the field (after all the crops are down) and lope up and down hills. Do trot work, walk when they get tired and do more hill work. It's great conditioning.

I don't practice the barrel pattern much at home anymore. All my racers are well trained on it. No need to have them get sour.
    01-25-2012, 08:35 PM
Green Broke
Nope, not at all...It makes my horses too "hot" and then not focus on what we're doing. Plus I'm very paranoid while doing things like this're loping or running along and bam! There's a hole in the ground and you have a horse with a broken leg. Possibly has to be PTS or months and months out of the game plus a big vet bill....If I'm trail riding and I know the area well I'll let my horse lope for a little ways but nothing more than that. My horses are run enough at shows, at home they know it's a good bit of steady slow work, different exercises, and a lot of trail riding around the house...I never run my horses on the pattern at home either. If they are doing really well practicing and feeling good I'll let them "fast" lope it once, or at the most twice, but never let them run at home...I'm just picky about things like that.
    01-25-2012, 08:55 PM
I don't go to a field. There is a nice, long dirt road (not gravelled for those of you who are concerned) that is very flat and goes on for quite a long ways with few turns. I breeze my horses here. The footing is excellent. This is also a really good way to know exactly what kinda speed your horse is capable of.

If I had the option I would till up my own dirt track in my hay pasture, lol but of course we need that hay.

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    01-25-2012, 09:35 PM
If you value your horse as a barrel racer then opening him up in the field is not a good idea because of the risk of injury. He'll do that during turnout. Charmayne James never let Scamper open up except at a barrel race but did a lot of trail riding to keep his mind fresh and his body fit. Long trotting builds stamina with a reduced risk of injury.
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    01-25-2012, 10:16 PM
I think this is personal preference and very much so depends on the level and abilities of both the horse and the rider. Some horses that a jug heads and just wont open up at all in the pen could use some benefit with this exercise. I have breezed out my old high school rodeo mare at a local race track because she was a lazy turd in the pen and it really helped her learn to open up and get those large strides. But the mare I currently have I would never breeze her out, she would blow a cork and be as hot as could possibly be. Lastly, you see Fallon on the video, she is a pro girl who I KNOW has taken the time to make sure the area that she was breezing in was 120% safe for Nick Nack. That is the most important of it all. So overall unless you are a very experienced rider, there is so much that could go wrong I would suggest against breezing out like this.
    01-25-2012, 10:17 PM
Green Broke
Where I live is just solid farmland, so it's not hard to find a good flat field with no holes in it. I like to take my horses out for a rip. My horses aren't fragile. Chasing cows has more risk of injury than going for a run in the field. Sometimes the "runners" get out of control and I have to open my horse up across pasture land, which includes holes, brush, blowouts, who knows what, to stop them. My horses watch the ground for holes and obstacles, and I do as well, I've never had a horse step in a hole yet.

My horses are on 24/7 turnout and only run around if there's a storm coming in.

I also like to know what my horse is capable of, as SorrelHorse said. I've taken 3 and 4 year olds that are having issues moving forward or something and let them run.
    01-26-2012, 06:38 AM
Yes. We have 1000 acres of parkland, almost all fields, that I breeze my barrel TB in. She's primarily a dressage horse, and I cross-train all of my horses. Letting them out once in a while is very beneficial for opening their lungs and keeping them interested.
    01-26-2012, 06:45 AM
I galloped my barrel mare slow and long, I worked up to about two miles.
I had a track around my farm, and I knew it was safe.
Funny to see even a lazy horse come to life as they get condition.
    01-26-2012, 06:57 AM
Green Broke
I breezed my mare occasionally especially after a long season, she would get really wound up in the arena so wed take them all out to the wash and I would let her run in the wash, its nice deep sand so she's having to work but its also soft enough that theres no risk of her hurting herself.

We also liked to breeze my moms gelding in the wash. He's a hot TB type so when he was being a little to fresh for her I took him out there, let him run and he would be the perfect gentleman on the way back and would be good from then on.

The wash is a really good place to get your horse in shape. Its nice and deep so its extra work for trotting and loping but it also goes on like forever and its a great place to run.
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