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!