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    01-27-2012, 08:01 PM
  #21
Weanling
Another pro-breezer here. Our property is divided into 3 pastures, each being between 10-20 acres. My husband has tilled me a 200'x300' space with his tractor in one field and I call this my "arena" even though its just a space for my barrels and then on the field next to my arena field he has tilled me a nice big oval track. It stretches the entire inside perimeter of our 20 acre field about 50' off the fence. And that's where I let my barrel mare blow off some steam. I usually lope her up one side and then about half way around the top of the turn, I turn her loose and she's ready for it and takes off. I absolutely love it and she expects it. She has just as much fun. I let her go full force down the back side of the track and back around the bottom turn and then just let her jog it out about half way back up like you would a race horse. Then we usually turn around and walk the track one more time to cool off. I think this has helped her open up on her home stretch runs and it definitely helps condition her. And like Beau said, dang it's a blast!
     
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    01-27-2012, 11:44 PM
  #22
Trained
Awe, what a nice husband you have!
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    01-27-2012, 11:53 PM
  #23
Trained
I need to marry a major pushover so I can have a bigggg dirt track one of these days
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    01-28-2012, 12:14 AM
  #24
Trained
Lmao, im in the market for one of those cowboys you read in romance novels. If anyone knows of one, send em to Michigan. Lol!
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    01-28-2012, 02:49 AM
  #25
Banned
Dang you sorrelhorse I looked for that video for about 30 minutes and then I scrolled down to make my comment and see you have beat me to it! TURD HEAD! Haha


Anyways.....

I would not recommend running in a feild but on a breeze way would be fine. Like Fallon says in her video, it is a very effective tool that some people use.

I use this method because I want my barrel horses to know how to respond to my body language and what I am telling them with my hands and feet in all speeds. I also want them to be able to stay in control and respond to me in all speeds, I do not like hot nutty horses. I will not and can not deal with horses that act like fruit cakes, a little antsy pantsy does not bother me. Prancing or what not but I will not deal with the lungers or the buckers that react that way because you are trying to hold them back or what not. I HAVE NOT and I WILL NOT owned a horse like that.

I do want to add though that this should not be a constant thing, you do not want to burn them out, but some horses do not even realize how much speed they have in them until they are "let go".


Even though this video has been posted before I really love everything she is saying so I am posting it again! (other then her preference of polos and no bell boots)

     
    01-28-2012, 10:28 AM
  #26
Weanling
Not a pushover, just a genuinely nice guy even after 20 years of marriage. Kind of a rare concept these days. And it helps that he's always looking for an excuse to use his tractor. I guess he figures when mama's happy, everyone's happy. I'm a mom to 6 kids so the horses are my little vacations.
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    01-29-2012, 12:36 PM
  #27
Started
My daddy tore up an arena sized patch of dirt for me to ride in cause everywhere else was snowy and icy :P
     
    01-30-2012, 07:48 PM
  #28
Foal
I don't do the "breezing" thing.
I did this once on a crop duster runway. Way soft sad like. My barrel horse and I were having so much fun. The runway was coming to an end. I tried to slow him. I noticed I had half a bit in my hand. His bit snapped in half. CRAP!!!!! We jumped a ditch, went threw a hot wire, and were chasing a herd of cattle. This was the only day that left his halter on, underneath his bridle. I grabbed that and pulled his head to my knee.
I don't think it's a good idea for barrel horses. I feel that barrel horses need the oposite. Walking, trails, goofin around bareback. Any horse can run, it's how controlled and saine they are. I only do the barrel pattern when in training. When they know it, it's one barrel maybe two.
Now me on the other hand have always dreamed of breezing my horse full out on the prarie. No saddle. No reins. Ya, too crazy. I'm too scared. Lol
     
    01-30-2012, 08:02 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mammakatja    
Not a pushover, just a genuinely nice guy even after 20 years of marriage. Kind of a rare concept these days. And it helps that he's always looking for an excuse to use his tractor. I guess he figures when mama's happy, everyone's happy. I'm a mom to 6 kids so the horses are my little vacations.
lol, I lucked out too...got me a good one...we don't have six kids, but he tries his hardest to make me happy and I sure do appreciate it!
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    01-30-2012, 10:41 PM
  #30
Trained
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Originally Posted by chaseranya    
I don't do the "breezing" thing.
I did this once on a crop duster runway. Way soft sad like. My barrel horse and I were having so much fun. The runway was coming to an end. I tried to slow him. I noticed I had half a bit in my hand. His bit snapped in half. CRAP!!!!! We jumped a ditch, went threw a hot wire, and were chasing a herd of cattle. This was the only day that left his halter on, underneath his bridle. I grabbed that and pulled his head to my knee.
I don't think it's a good idea for barrel horses. I feel that barrel horses need the oposite. Walking, trails, goofin around bareback. Any horse can run, it's how controlled and saine they are. I only do the barrel pattern when in training. When they know it, it's one barrel maybe two.
Now me on the other hand have always dreamed of breezing my horse full out on the prarie. No saddle. No reins. Ya, too crazy. I'm too scared. Lol

On the contrary....A lot of horses really do benefit from the breezing. I know my mare is only ever fully happy when she's running, and you train them right you will always have a calm horse no matter what you do. If you always go slow, your horse will never know how to go fast. And if you only practice slow, when you try and push faster you won't get a steering wheel or a gas pedal. Sometimes you don't even get a brake pedal. I'd rather learn on a breezeway how my brakes work when I run than in the middle of competition, flying down the rodeo alleyway heading straight for the gate and the horse not stopping.

Now I'm not saying that hot horses should be breezed continuously, but I would even breeze a hot horse once in awhile. You just don't breeze them a million times a week.
     

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