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Can't decide what i want to do! HELP!

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  • I am wanting a horse it has to be in arkansas tho
  • Can i barrel race my four year old horse

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    08-12-2012, 05:06 PM
Can't decide what i want to do! HELP!

I have put my 2 year old filly up for sale to get a 4 year old gelding that is trained on barrels. Today I went to see my girl and was heartbroken to the though of even selling her. I'm really wanting the gelding but can't get him until one of the other horses are sold. I do have some one interested in her. I've been trying to barrel race for 6 years but everything always seems to go wrong. Like my first horse I trained on barrels. We couldn't get along. The second one got a bad cut on his leg and now can't be rode. The third hates the barrels now so no go for him and I was going to train this filly. She is not broke and it may take me a year or so to get her started. I would like your opinion on what I should do or what you would do. Here is the ad for my filly.

Blue Valentine and Hancock bred filly. For sale in Washington, Arkansas :: HorseClicks
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    08-12-2012, 05:49 PM
Personally, I would go for the horse already trained. If you have never trained a finished barrel horse before it will be easy to ruin your filly. She still looks very immature and like you said it will still be another year or two before she will be ready to compete.

My trainer told me something a few years ago that stuck with me. "A barrel racer can get ten prospects a year, and they might get one who was worth the time."

If this four year old is already running and can do it, then take him. Your filly is very cute but there's no guarantee that after you wait all this time that she's going to take to barrels.
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    08-13-2012, 12:44 PM
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From reading your post, it sounds like your goal is to barrel race.

Therefore, what decision is going to help you reach your goal? Sell you filly and buy the 4-year-old that is already started.

Decisions are never easy, but you've got to make the decisions to help YOU get where you want to be.
    08-13-2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks for your advise. Like you said Sorrelhorse there is no telling if she will be good at barrel racing and I really want to get to competing so I've e-mailed the lady back and now am waiting for a response. And Beau my goal is to barrel race and I've waited 6 years to get a horse I can rely on and I think this 4 year old for me. Thanks again.
    08-13-2012, 02:33 PM
I personally would go with a horse more around the age of 8-9. Because I don't care what people say a 4 yr old is still young and have a lot of maturing to do. A older horse is truely finished and solid on the pattern and you don't have to worry about babies being babies. It will be more fun for you to just go out and have fun instead of worrying about a young horse.

But that is just what I would feel would be best.
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    08-13-2012, 03:09 PM
Given your history Hopalong...Id go with a finished...consistent...middle aged horse. If you get a 4 year old youll be looking at alot more time waiting to compete.
    08-13-2012, 05:08 PM
I'd actually like to know, has this four year old been actively competing in futurities or any other barrel races? Do you have pictures or videos?
    08-13-2012, 05:27 PM
1/2D, Barrel Horse for sale in Pope, Arkansas :: HorseClicks

Truthfully i've a 7 year old that i've got help on to begin barrels very speedy off the track quarter horse. He's about 16hhs and I was looking for something smaller. I like my 7 year old he's a big teddy bear but why I want the 4 year old is he's been on barrels and knows them. He's a horse that you can run then he'll turn around and walk the barrels.

I've had someone say well you want him because your to lazy to train you own. No its because I feel alot more comfortable with one that knows barrels and will not be hot. I've been on the edge of barrel racing for 6 years and haven't got to taste the pleasure of getting to compete. I can't get an expensive horse that's over 4,000. And I can't travel no more than Arkansas.
    08-13-2012, 05:38 PM
There is a difference between being "too lazy," admitting your own limits, and simply wanting something that you can get on and go. There's certainly no shame in the last two things (and there's honestly no shame in the first if you just don't have the desire to train!).

I'm honestly considering a finished horse for my next mount because it would be nice to just get on and just RIDE for once. :)
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    08-13-2012, 05:54 PM
Yes your right. I'm not to lazy but am kinda burned out on training. I'll say i'm no professional on training horses but it's just i'm ready to get on a horse and compete. He's ready to compete and so am I.

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