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!