It's always been a pipe dream of mine to learn the barrel pattern and run my horse on it. Not for show or competition or anything - just for fun.
Only thing is...my pride (dare I say that word!) is too great for me to ask for instruction. I'm 20 and have been riding since I was born and I'm too embarrassed to ask for assistance 'cause I don't want anyone to see me make a complete fool of myself.
I know, logically, it'd be the intelligent thing to ask for lessons or for help but I just can't bring myself to ask for help.
- 18 y.o.
- Knows barrel pattern
- Retired barrel horse - was competed nationally by his old owner
- Average run time is around 16-17 seconds - is that fast?
- I clocked him full run the other summer at 52 mph. He was 17 y.o. At this time.
- He was bred, broke, trained, and raced by his old owner (my mom's friend).
- He was broke at age 3, and started on runs at age 4. Retired at age 15 when he was given to me.
He still has the get up and go of a young horse. Would he be a good horse to learn on since he knows the pattern so well? Or is he too old?
Can you teach yourself barrels or should you get lessons? My dad's cousin offered to teach me, my mom's friend (the old owner) offered to teach me, and my mom's other friend said her son would teach me if I wanted.
And I do want to learn, but I don't want to go falling off in front of anyone. But I also know that I don't want to go falling off and killing myself with no one around to help me.
It's a battle of my pride vs. common sense. And the last two summers my pride has won. This is the summer I want to learn. I decided. So. Advice.
Should I just ask my dad to set up barrels in the arena and teach myself or should I bite the bullet and ask for lessons? All lessons would involve me hauling my horse to them but all would be essentially free lessons due them being very close friends.
Let me know.