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post #1 of 11 Old 02-19-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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A great discovery

So I went out today to work with my horse that I am trying to get up to speed on barrels. I have had him for about 4 months now and we have started a very slow lope around the barrels. My husband was on his quarter horse and decided he wanted to have a little fun and trot his horse around the barrels. After her took him around one time he asked me to get on him and take him a bit faster because he said his horse was going around the barrels by himself without any direction. I got on his horse and got him up to a slow lope and he did AMAZING!! I think this horse has been barrel raced competitively before. He for sure needs a lot of tune up but he did better than my horse who I have been working with for months does. Do you think it is a good idea to work with two horses at one time? I don't want to neglect my horse while working with my husbands horse, but I think my husbands horse would make a great backup to my horse. Just want some opinions on wheather or not you all have multiple horses you work with.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-19-2012, 06:01 PM
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I have my own barrel horse. And I ride and work 2 other horses for competition. This summer I'll be racing 3 horses. It's time consuming for sure but I've always had at 2 horses. This year will be the first time I've had 3 to ride/work.

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post #3 of 11 Old 02-19-2012, 06:06 PM
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I have and ride three different barrel horses, but I only show my two girls. IMO, it's probably good for you to ride different horses. You can get more experience and get the different feels for each horse, and if your husband's horse already has some barrel experience he can probably teach you a thing or too..

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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This summer I will be training up to 20 different horses, all for different purposes. Roping, barrel racing, kids horses, fine tuning, breaking... yeah... It'll be fun

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-19-2012, 09:53 PM
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I have three horses I actively own and ride for barrel racing, a couple I do training rides on for my trainer and my semi-retired backup gelding. The lineup consists of Bailey who is actively competing, Selena who is a finished reiner and a "barrel prospect", Ruger who is just a prospect in general, and then the older gelding is finished been-there-done-that.

I do not think it will do any harm to have two horses. I mean, look at the professionals. They haul multiple horses all the time.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.

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post #6 of 11 Old 02-21-2012, 01:54 AM
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yes, I think it is always nice to be able to ride more then one horse....but being a newbie at it yourself I would be careful.
Just remember you are riding two different horses, make sure you pay attention to what works or does not work for each horse...ride them separately --- meaning remember who is who.
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I am currently working and showing 4 and have about 3 others being started.

It can be confusing at times when riding different horses but it is also a lot of fun.
Luckily my 2 seasoned horses are pretty push button and they ride pretty similar but my other two are totally different.....one is very catty, the other one is not....I am working out both rider and horse kinks because I get their preferred cues mixed.

What seems to be helping me is the order I ride them in.
At some smaller shows where you get to pick what order you run in I will run one of the "new to the game" horses and then one of my seasoned horses and then one of the "new to the game" horses and then my other seasoned horse.
This helps me remember what "new to the game" horse I am on......instead of riding them back to back...it keeps me fresh and my head clear.
At the other shows were they draw for the order it is a lot harder but luckily my hubby helps me out with that. He will repeat the horse's name to me over and over while I warm them up just before the run and he likes to scream the name at me while I run in. Gotta love em'

He does not run but he has become a big help.
He went from never riding a horse in his life to helping me saddle up and warm up my mounts at shows and he will help from time to time around the barn with riding a few.

Anyways, good luck with your horse and enjoy the hubby's :)
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At my job I usually have to work a bunch of horses. What I will do is pony one while I do flat work on the other. Then when I am done with flat stuff I will tie-up one and do more specialized work on each or switch who is getting ponied. Sorry if I totally chopped that up. Make sense?

Or maybe you can teach your husband some things to do with him this way you only have to jump on him a few days a week instead of all the time.
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-28-2012, 07:22 PM
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Sierrams1123 And Shezanonstopable are the same person..

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-28-2012, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the support and pointers! Haven't had a chance to ride again due to the rain but I am sure I will get into the swing of things pretty easily.
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