Beau is a 13-year-old breeding stock Paint horse, 16.1 hands high. He's been running barrels since he was 4-years-old. I have trained him myself (which took a few habit changes when I trained a few things wrong intitially .... always learning!! )
This video is from Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at a nearby horse show. This is the 2nd year they've had the horse show and it pulls a nice crowd and we really enjoy it. I believe there was about 15 people entered in the Senior Barrel Racing. We took 2nd place with an 18.9 - something run. We've ran in this arena before for barrel jackpots and our fastest time was a 17.6. However, I'm not really sure if the barrels were set up on the stakes that they use for the jackpots, so that would make a difference on the time.
For my little "disclaimer", this is the first time we have ran barrels since August of last year. No practicing since then. Nothing! I'm barely squeaking in riding time on the weekends as it is, since I am on clinical rotations for my last year of optometry school. So he really isn't in the best shape that I like him to be for running, but we did the best with what we had.
Also, this show has a rule for NO running starts. The gate must be shut before you start your event. When I have run at this arena for jackpots, we did do a running start and he does so much better with those! He's a large horse and it takes him some time to "get going". I tried something new this year at this show and kind of allowed him to run in, but just circled him to one side or the other (depending which way we were going to turn first for the event) and that seems to work a little better for him.
First barrel was really slow on the back side. He was kind of scrambling for footing, which wasn't the greatest.
Second barrel was okay.
Third barrel approach was slow. I should have pushed him harder to the turn so he wouldn't slow down as much. That's one of my bad habits that I need to constantly work on, and I should have been focused on that.
Anyway, here's that run from Sunday.
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