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post #1 of 60 Old 01-21-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Horse falling at barrel TWICE

Okay so here's some background, I train for a local ranch. They got an awesome little mare to add to the barrel horses that will begin seasoning this year. She had been started and could trot a nice pattern and lope a decent one. When she arrived we focused on basics. Lead changes, softness, circles. She has a handle out of this world after a lot of work. She will move in and out easily, stops awesome, spins, rollbacks you name it she does it. Got her loping a super solid pattern.

WELL, about two or three weeks ago we were adding a bit of speed which we had done before, got to second barrel and her hind end just kind of slipped out from under her, we hit the ground and my foot got hung up and I was dragged. Thank yhe good Lord neither of us were injured. Well had her checked and she was fine, got back to work and everything was good.

Fast forward to yesterday, practiced the other 2 I was to work that day. The ground is kind of hard but nothing crazy, not near as bad as what they would have to run on at some rodeos or even barrel races around here. They handled it well and did great. I warm up this other mare she feels good, enforcing rate and bend because she's been getting a bit stiff in her turns sometimes nothing major. Loped through and she did great. Went to lope once more and she kind of blew out on the backside of second almost like she like she was scared to get down and dig, fast lope into third she didn't really rate much and then her hind end just slips out from under her and I smack the ground. I did have my GoPro camera on which made for a neat video. But it scared the crap out of me and I don't get shaken easily doing this for a living but that getting dragged thing is for the birds.

What do you guys think of this? The first time I chalked it up to the ground being kind of slick, it was holding water in the corners so we lightly disked it and smoothed it and every other horse did fine. And this time the ground was kind of packed but none of the others had an issue.

lameness? Just the ground not holding her turn style? It's just weird that her left hind is what went first on both falls. She's sound as can be and is waiting to be ridden when I pull up. She really wants to work. She's only 5 by the way.

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post #2 of 60 Old 01-21-2014, 01:16 AM
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Stop running her and work on getting her fit. It sounds like a stifle issue to me. Either way I would suggest a vet visit. It is not safe to ride a horse that goes down on you.
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This horse is fit, she is on a strict exercise regimen and couldn't be more healthy. Horses slip at barrels sometimes.. it just happens and I can't count the times it's happened. But it's never happened twice in 3 weeks on same horse. Granted she turns a lot differently than the others, it's not a fitness issue because she's in excellent condition.
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Also in the pre purchase exam there were said to be no soundness issues. Did have her teeth floated though.
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Any videos of her running?
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Video of her " adding speed ". You can tell she's kind of bracy on second barrel but that only shows up when adding speed so working on fixing it. Ground isn't muddy it's kind of hard but has a few inches of dirt over it. We've been dealing with some weird weather here.

Watch "her" on YouTube

Video of first fall. She ran past that barrel which was weird she never hits them or anything. You can see the water holding in the corners of the arena but it wasn't boggy or bad around the barrels. All others ran great. Also excuse me looking like a boy, I don't typically wear make up and fix my hair at work lol.

Watch "Barrel Racing Accident Filmed With GoPro Hero3" on YouTube

Second fall yesterday. Excuse my language and it is a gopro video, the ground was hard but not crazy, it was clumpy no rocks anywhere even though it looks like it. She got weird on the sesecond barrel again, she never has trouble with it so it's odd. For it to just happen a couple times but she is definitely is still young and learning.

Watch "Barrel Racing 3rd barrel fall GoPro Hero 3" on YouTube

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And here's another mare from yesterday as well

Watch "Fancy on Barrels GoPro" on YouTube
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post #8 of 60 Old 01-21-2014, 05:57 AM
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It seems like she is laying herself down. Could you try starting on the other barrel? Instead of going right go left and see what she does. I would also make her do wider turns. She could be turning to fast and losing balance.
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Actually I did try her to the left and she did a ton better I'm almost certain she's going to be a leftie!
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My guess is she slipped both times.

that footing is terrible. Certainly isn't anything I'd be running on.

and, imo shouldn't have speed added yet. She is right onto of every barrel. And your hitting them because of it.
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