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    06-15-2012, 02:55 AM
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Horse showed me today he wants to run barrels

Hi all! I recently acquired a new horse who I was hoping to turn into an english eventer. I knew nothing about him except he had been through many owners in the recent past and that he was an appendix gelding. Finally tracked down his breeder through his brand, and am being sent his papers.

Anyways point it- I've felt for a while that "eventing" just wasn't this horse's style. Excelled at xc schooling, but not a big dressage horse. Also wasn't comfortable with the "handsy" part of english riding so I have been playing around in my mind with different things to try. Barrel racing NEVER entered my mind.

I have been emailing back and forth with his breeder who mentioned the other day that Drifter had been started at barrels with the intention of developing him into a 3D or 4D horse and was sold to a girl who was intending to further his training. I am not sure how long this girl had him. From what I know of his previous owners, it was not more then a year. Mentioned this to a friend today and she offered to set up some barrels and ride him just to see if it would be a possibility with him (I know NOTHING about barrel racing). She said he was definitely a solid 4D horse and with some work could be 3D. Now I have no idea what that means (haha), but I was shocked by how much fun he seemed to be having running that pattern. I'm so glad I found something he seems to enjoy and that I won't feel like I'm torturing him with dressage movements and such now.

He and I are starting at the basics so that I can learn the ins and outs, and that he can get a much needed tune up. A question I have for all of you experienced barrel racer- is this possible? Am I coming in too late in the game to become a barrel racer? Is HE coming back too late? He is going on 8 shortly, I am 22. Just wondering if we're biting off more than we can chew which I would be completely fine with! Even if we never compete, I'm just glad to find a job for Drifter that he obviously really enjoys!
     
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    06-15-2012, 03:25 AM
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Yearling
I think 8 is still pretty darn young, plus, age doesn't matter for you or the horse, as long as you both enjoy and he is physically sound enough to do it! Congratulations on finding something you guys will love, there's nothing quite like a horse who loves his job!
     
    06-15-2012, 03:31 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Sounds like a good plan to me.. 8 is a very good age for a barrel horse, they're out of the baby stage and are now in the "prime" age for a performance horse IMO), and you being 22 isn't too old to start at all! Just take things slow and work your way into it, barrel racing is a blast and you'll have an awesome time picking it up, just remember to take it slow so you both can get used to it and figure it out together. It will probably be a good idea to have a few lessons with a barrel trainer to get to know the ropes of the sport. Even if it's just something you want to play at, it's something fun and different for your horse.. A 3D/4D horse isn't bad at all..Watch out though! We'll slowly bring you over to the dark side and make a runner out of you! We have bling and cookies!!
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    06-15-2012, 03:46 AM
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Haha aw good Drumrunner! I like cookies and I love bling so that sounds perfect :)

And I have actually found the closest thing to a trainer I know of already. Still going to keep looking around, but I am using my friend as a coach right now. She has a great gelding who is a solid 2D and she always has new tack or money they've won...I can only hope Drifter one day starts to pay for himself!! Haha. I've always wondered what people meant when they said "a horse who loves his job". Just kind of figured it meant they didn't fight you. But he definitely showed me what it meant today. He was into it! I will try to get some video soon so yall can tell me what you think of him. He takes his turn a little wide on the 2nd barrel and she said he really wanted to shoulder-in, so we are going to work on those issues. He knows the pattern really well though. She trotted him on a lose rein the very first time and he was turning and going without any direction from her. He kept trying to break into a lope and she was having to hold him back. She ran him about 6 times and he just kept getting better. I'm just so glad I was able to find something "fun" for him. Poor boy deserves to work at something he enjoys for a change!

And thanks for the words of encouragement :) Good to know I'm not crazy for deciding to pursue this
     
    06-15-2012, 04:02 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Lol You're definitely not crazy and it's definitely awesome to have found something your horse loves.. I try to keep it that way for all of mine, if they don't love their job it's time to find something new to do or completely take them off barrels for a little while..Having your friend helping you both is very good, she seems to know her stuff and can coach you along for now.
     
    06-15-2012, 09:20 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I'll tell ya, I just found the same thing with the new horse I'm leasing. She's never been on barrels in her life, nor has she ever cantered in an arena before I started riding her, and even though she can't keep a canter around the barrel yet, she wanted to run while I was trying to walk/trot the patterns, her ears were up, and I could tell that she just loved it. I'm really glad she likes it, because that's the reason I'm leasing her, to show her in games. I didn't know if she was going to be any good or fast at all since she walks like a tortoise, but I'm beyond ecstatic that she seems to enjoy what I enjoy.
She's safe and reliable on the trail, but she doesn't have the spark I saw in her on the barrels and poles.

Also, I think it's great that you're working with your friend who races consistently. I learned from my friend (we were both 15/16 at the time) and I've been told I was taught very well by whoever it was that taught me. The only thing I can suggest is to try and get the basics down with speed on a finished barrel horse instead of learning the speed (unless you're already at that point) on your horse which still needs a bit of work here and there. I ran the pattern flopping around on my friend's pony's back around each barrel, and that (I believe) would've been detrimental to a horse that wasn't completely aware of what he/she was doing and knowing it's job like they know their pasture.

And while I don't have any bling on my tack, barrels are absolutely amazing. I found my 30 seconds in the ring for a barrel/pole pattern more of a workout than a 15 minute pleasure class. The adrenaline is addicting.(;
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    06-15-2012, 09:48 AM
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Foal
If ti makes you feel any better, I really just got into barrel racing the begining of this year and I turned 24 in April. My horse just turned 9 and me and him started the adventure together. I think 8 is a great age to teach a horse something new, they have a good head on them. And obviuosly there are others out there older than you that are just starting out!! Good Luck!
     
    06-15-2012, 11:55 PM
  #8
Yearling
Welcome to the dark side. Warning: barrel racing is VERY addicting...
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    06-20-2012, 03:00 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DriftingShadow    
Hi all! I recently acquired a new horse who I was hoping to turn into an english eventer. I knew nothing about him except he had been through many owners in the recent past and that he was an appendix gelding. Finally tracked down his breeder through his brand, and am being sent his papers.

Anyways point it- I've felt for a while that "eventing" just wasn't this horse's style. Excelled at xc schooling, but not a big dressage horse. Also wasn't comfortable with the "handsy" part of english riding so I have been playing around in my mind with different things to try. Barrel racing NEVER entered my mind.

I have been emailing back and forth with his breeder who mentioned the other day that Drifter had been started at barrels with the intention of developing him into a 3D or 4D horse and was sold to a girl who was intending to further his training. I am not sure how long this girl had him. From what I know of his previous owners, it was not more then a year. Mentioned this to a friend today and she offered to set up some barrels and ride him just to see if it would be a possibility with him (I know NOTHING about barrel racing). She said he was definitely a solid 4D horse and with some work could be 3D. Now I have no idea what that means (haha), but I was shocked by how much fun he seemed to be having running that pattern. I'm so glad I found something he seems to enjoy and that I won't feel like I'm torturing him with dressage movements and such now.

He and I are starting at the basics so that I can learn the ins and outs, and that he can get a much needed tune up. A question I have for all of you experienced barrel racer- is this possible? Am I coming in too late in the game to become a barrel racer? Is HE coming back too late? He is going on 8 shortly, I am 22. Just wondering if we're biting off more than we can chew which I would be completely fine with! Even if we never compete, I'm just glad to find a job for Drifter that he obviously really enjoys!
This sounds soooo much like my mare's story its scary. I bought her to be my eventer but she's not much of a jumper. So I have been schooling her for western pleasure and hunter under saddle on the stock horse circuit. She is good at those, but she doesn't seem to really enjoy that. Her previous owners were schooling her on the pattern and she can really scoot her butt around the barrel, so I am thinking about exploring that avenue with her. I too know nothing about the sport though!
     

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