Thank you sorrel horse for the comment! It was an eye opener, and i really appreciate it. I have every intention of going slow and correct, this horse is 7yrs old and that is alot of wasted time it is almost a sin, but i am not a competitive type of person and i am not going to just run the patten until i get it right(which would never happen), i do have some sense, and i am not stubborn. I have already bought this horse, and unfortunately he is all i had money for because i sold my last horse to a horse rescue for a adopted Russian girl who's horse just had a heart attack and is now retired, for a major discount. I know that does not change that fact of the matter, but i am not in a hurry to start running barrels, and i now think i am going to attend a barrel practice every Wednesday that is local to get help from experienced barrel racers, get pointers and maybe get a feel for what a trained barrel horse is like. I am going to try to do this a proper and correct as possible , and that is the main reason i am asking for advice on this site.