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post #71 of 73 Old 02-01-2012, 07:30 PM
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I have found the ideas for conditioning a barrel horse is so varied.

I have had heard of people only long trotting because of the extention of muscles and building stamina but others think it is bad because of the "flick" at the end of extention causing lameness if done extensively. Some people lope circles while others think it's hard on the hocks and lope the arena or straight lines. Some people think that horses should exercised in the manner that they are used(like a race horse) while others disagree.

Personally, again I say, that you need to exercise both the fast twitch and slow twitch fibers(the air and stamina comes with that), on how you do it will be dependent on your horse and situation.

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post #72 of 73 Old 02-03-2012, 11:18 PM
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I trailer my horse to 300 acres of pasture and let him run there it is really fun and lets him let all of his energy out, but it is a personal preferance!
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I never take my horses out with the intention of "breezing." I mainly focus on slow work and collection at a lope, along with controlling the shoulder, rib cage, and hip. All of my horses that I run barrels on are also my ranch horses. That being said, it's super important for the horse to be listening, alert, but calm. I don't like hot headed horses, and more often than not, breezing a horse tends to get them fired up. If you make a habit of it, they will anticipate and quit listening. I also like for my horses to calmly walk up the ally way, and only speed up when I ask them to. They stay calm throughout the whole patten, and listen. A friend of mine loved taking her mare out and breezing once a week. Once her horse got in the routine of it, she only focused on stretching out on the pattern, and not collecting up for the turns. It ended up slowing her down more than helping. So no, I don't breeze my horses.
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