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post #11 of 28 Old 04-23-2014, 12:36 PM
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I taught myself to barrel race, I'm running in the 1D/2D locally.

BUT! I asked for help from many people, tips. I didn't start "lessons" until two weeks ago. ANYONE can teach themselves to do something. I never felt embarrassment from not knowing what I was doing. I ran at a small arena where the main purpose was to learn and teach yourself. Nobody judged and everyone was helpful.

It was never my pride that kept me from barrel racing lessons, it was my antisocial and shy personality.

Now in taking lessons, the worst they can do is not help to your wanting. Find someone who is worth the money and has a great reputation and take lessons.
You could always ask riders for tips on what they do, most of then are happy to help!!
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post #12 of 28 Old 04-23-2014, 12:53 PM
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If you just want to do it for fun, and don't plan on competing, there's no reason you can't do it yourself. Personally, my personality dictates that even when I'm doing things for fun, I have to do it right. And his previous owner showed him nationally? I'd be dying to pick her brain. Last summer, I got a chance to take lessons from a top eventer for free. I ride Western, but I jumped on it. If people are offering you help, take it! You'll learn more, and if you really like and want to compete, then you'll know you are doing it right.

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post #13 of 28 Old 04-23-2014, 01:03 PM
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Well you could very easily ruin your nice finished barrel horse by doing it yourself, with no way to fix it.

On top of what everyone else has said, if you can mentally deal with the strong possibility that you could ruin all the training someone has put into that horse to make him a great barrel horse...Then by all means, teach yourself.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #14 of 28 Old 04-23-2014, 01:05 PM
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Olympic riders have coaches. They aren't too proud to have someone help them.
If you are going to have horses and ride you never stop learning. No shame in getting help to get started with something new.
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post #15 of 28 Old 04-23-2014, 01:25 PM
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I can honestly say you should get over your pride and think about your horse and safety. There is a lot more to barrels then just going around 3 barres. You have the horse to help you but if you don't have someone watching you to catch your mistakes it can go down hill quickly. Go to the lady you got him from she knows him and can probably teach you things you don't know he knows even. Suck it up and ask for help I have a trainer as well as several other people I talk to regularly for new ideas
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post #16 of 28 Old 04-25-2014, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Well I swallowed my pride today guys. I ran into his old owner when she came by our house. I asked if she'd be willing to teach me barrels.

Her response was, "What do you need me for? Sonny can teach you barrels!"

Lol she said she'd be willing to supervise Sonny's teaching me though.

So apparently my horse will be teaching me barrels this summer.

The only advice she told me is this: "Sonny feels heavy footed when he runs, but that's just because of his build. He obviously can run them very well. You just need to keep him focused. He likes to run them but he has his blonde surfer dude moments and gets distracted by sparkly things."
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post #17 of 28 Old 04-26-2014, 02:06 AM
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Now you just have to keep us up to date while your ADD horse teaches you to run Oh look Squirrel
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post #18 of 28 Old 04-26-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Now you just have to keep us up to date while your ADD horse teaches you to run Oh look Squirrel
Oh I will. We'll see how it goes.
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post #19 of 28 Old 04-27-2014, 12:52 AM
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Very good :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #20 of 28 Old 04-28-2014, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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New question.

His old owner mentioned that I should condition him for barrels before I just go out there like a yahoo and do something stupid

She didn't, however, tell me how to condition him.

Is conditioning for barrels any different than regular conditioning? Anything I should work with him on?

He's a little undermuscled due to winter and he's nearly 19 so anything I should take into account? Otherwise will just our normal riding (1-2 hours 3x a week w/t/c) condition him enough?
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