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post #41 of 46 Old 12-04-2013, 09:05 PM
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My thoughts... Also on a good side.. Pretty little mare you have.. << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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post #42 of 46 Old 12-04-2013, 11:36 PM
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I waited until my mare was 6 to really start working the pattern on her.
Broke her at 2.5 and just did light rides until she was 4. Sure futurity horses are running hard and fast at 3, but good luck seeing them as still going perfect 10 years after that..

Most horses don't even get going their best on the pattern until their teens.

I'd like to see your legs a little farther back, I don't expect like heels lining up with hips because barrel saddles aren't made like that. But as close to that as possible. You are riding with your feet wayyyy out in front of you like you are going into a reining stop the whole ride, which will put your hips out of alignment, cause your toes to go down and all sorts of unbalanced-ness. Try riding with no stirrups, I feel that maybe you are pushing into your stirrups too hard and relying on the saddle a bit too much. :) This is just what I am getting from the pictures, can't watch the video. :)

I know you won't, but please. Take her off the pattern and save her legs. I don't care if it was "just for fun" because you obviously had to have worked her a bit to get her to do the pattern well. And she does have decent turns. Only reason my barrel pony is 22 and still running stong is because she was brought into it slowly. By the time she was 8 she was roping (heading) hundreds of cows a week almost. But during her young years she was started at 2, given a foundation and turned out. I'd much rather wait several years, because in time,those years DOUBLE. Sure, I could've started my other mare on the pattern at 3 and been kicking tail by 4. Then she'd have arthritis by 8. I'd rather have the horse that gets mild arthritis at 20 and goes into retirement at 30 comfortable and sound.

But that's just me.

I know it may sound like we are being rude and naggy, but many of us have seen just how bad horses like this can get. It's sad. And we don't want to see that for you. We want you to be able to enjoy your horse for years to come. It's hard, but sometimes you just gotta wait. Trust me, it's worth it.
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post #43 of 46 Old 12-06-2013, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by meganstormy View Post
And also guys she ran her horse. So what it was up to her its not your horse she didn't say to kill her about her age. whats done is done if you don't like it get over it its not like you can go back and stop her from doing that so stop like seriously!
all it takes is half a second for this horse to blow out a tendon or a joint as and the risk of that happening is VERY high because her joints have not formed entirely yet and are not solid enough to withstand that harshness and amount of movement.

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post #44 of 46 Old 12-09-2013, 03:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Kadymurphy View Post
I do all of that with her. If you read my replies you would see that I've only ran her a handful of times. All I ride her in is a snaffle, accept for the handful of times I've ran her. I know what I'm doing. Shes a very broke horse.
If she's a very broke horse then why do you have to stop using a snaffle when you run her? In my opinion a three year old is not ready for a shank bit at high speeds. Maybe learning to neck rein yes, but I think that's a good way to screw up her mouth, cause we all know (myself included) barrel racers don't have the gentlest hands in the moment.
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post #45 of 46 Old 12-09-2013, 05:08 PM
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You should NOT do speed games before 5 years old. your horses knees arnt closd until shes 5, it doesnt matter if you only do it one time a month! When she retires before shes 10 from bum knees, you will regret running her so soon. and obviously you do her more than often like you said by those turns.
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post #46 of 46 Old 12-09-2013, 05:16 PM
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I think everyone has gotten the point across, and the OP has left. It's now just beating a dead horse.
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