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post #1 of 4 Old 06-13-2014, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Children Barrel Times

Forgive me if I come off as ignorant or offensive here. I am uneducated about the world of barrel racing. I dabble in it, just for fun, with my horse, but as I bought him from a lady who competed nationally, my data may be a tad bit skewed when it comes to times.

I was at my sister's 4H show today and it came time for the speed show. The kids (age 12-19) all ran in one class...they're called classes, right?

Anyway, I was kind of surprised at the speed (or lack thereof) of the runs. Now I know, not everyone can have a nationally trained barrel horse, but I was still expecting them to go faster.

I wasn't expecting the 12 year olds to go whipping around the barrels by any means, but the older kids? Yeah, I was expecting to see some speed there.

I know my horse's times and the fastest horse was 3 seconds slower than my horse's time. And keep in mind, I timed him last week just for fun so this was his time being not conditioned, 18 years old, and out of practice.

I assume that as a rider gains skill, their times will become faster, right? So the 12 year olds will get faster as they grow, correct?

But the 19 year you think they just didn't have fast horses or do you think they were holding their horses back?

One horse and rider flew around the pattern, had it as close to perfect as possible and they were booking it, but were still 3 seconds off my horse's time. They totally smoked the other riders though. The second place rider was 5 seconds behind their time.

So...why is that? Is my horse just that much faster or was it a skill level deal?

And if it's an age/skill level thing, how fast would you expect a 12 year old to run the pattern as opposed to a 19 year old?
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I find it difficult to judge other riders. I have no idea if it is the first time that 19-yr-old is running barrels, or if they've been doing it since they were 4.

There's kids, teenagers, and adults who are perfectly happy barrel racing on their horse ... Even if they don't win it.

On that same token, there are kids, teens, and adults that have no business being on a barrel horse because they don't know what they are doing.

Don't concern yourself with what everyone else is doing. Focus in accomplishing your individual goals with your horse.
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There are a few 9 and 10 year Olds in my area that kick a$$. They are incredible riders...have been on the same horses for the past few years and just clean house at every show.

They have grown up riding. they

And then there's older kids/adults that can barely trot the pattern.

It's about experience level, knowledge of their horse and of the patterns, balance, riding technique and high up on the list...GUTS!

My 9 year old niece can't ride a horse without someone next to her. She is a scaredy cat. She won't even brush them without help. *sigh* run in the open classes and place next to/beat some of the best riders in our area. It's majorly impressive!
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-14-2014, 06:00 PM
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Level of rider, level of the horse, experience, and training or lack there of are factors.

Also not to offend anyone but you typically don't find the fastest horse and riders at 4H shows.

When I was 7 I could run 3D times on my pony, that's 2 seconds off in the youth class. I've barrel raced since I was 3 though and had a good trainer, my mom. I've been outran by a 10 year old before, actually a lot of people were. She was a great rider and had some very nice horses. Alot honestly depends on how they start out, how much correct guidance their given, what kind of horses their on and whether or not they have the skill and guts to go fast.
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