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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2011, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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how do you tell if your horse has Potential for a barrel horse?

Ok. So I have been tring to figure out if my horse(Travler) has any potential to be a barrel horse. Even if he dont I would like to know what to look for in one. here is a few pics of him. Ill Prob take more better ones of him tomorrow and put them up.

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Travler is the white gelding in the pics. The lady that gave him to me said he is about 4 or 5 years old. I have had alot of people tell me he looks to be part Arabian/Quater.

It was the 1st time I have tried him with any of the timed events so he has alot of work left to do (ME ALSO FOR THAT MATTER. I have not been riding for a long time. prob six months and i dont really have much help on teaching me how to become a better rider.) Since these pics where took i have worked with him alot more and i have a few experienced riders i know say that we both have improved alot. I aslo dont ride him with a tiedown anymore.

I hope this is a good start :]
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2011, 04:00 AM
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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

He seems like a willing enough guy. Almost any horse has potential to be a barrel horse with good training. He likely won't ever be an NFR qualifier, he may never win anything past local level, but then again, most horses are the same way LOL. The most important thing to remember is this "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast". That means that he doesn't have to be the fastest sprinter out there, he can even be moderately slow, but so long as he can get his turns smooth and tight, he'll still be right up there with the winners.

If you can work on keeping your body, legs, and hands steady and quiet, then that will help him be steady and quiet in the pattern.
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I just had to say he is gorgeous!!! I LOVE Arabians (my first two horses were Arabians) and I see a lot of Arabian in this guy. The trailer photo makes him look like a purebred. But I can see in the running photos how his head isn't the most typey, so he probably is a cross. But anyhow, I find him quite handsome.
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Thank yall both :]

Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
If you can work on keeping your body, legs, and hands steady and quiet, then that will help him be steady and quiet in the pattern.
I have had a good bit of people tell me that the right size of saddle helps with that alot. My saddle is a 15in and they tell me its way to big for me.

Also when he is doing the barrels where should his head be set? I have been told his head should not be all thrown up in the air like it is (even with the tiedown) that he needs to break at the poll more. I have stopped useing the tiedown tho because he seems think he can get away with more when im not using it on him.
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Where his head will go will depend entirely on his conformation. Some horses are designed to carry it higher and some are designed to carry it lower. However, when you pick up on the reins, his head should not go up, it should come down and in. If a horse is already in the habit of throwing his head or "stargazing" when the reins are picked up, it takes a lot of time and very consistent riding to re-train him to be supple and soft. Some horses never fully get over it if they've done it for a very long time.

Re-training something like that can get complicated and frustrating at times. Have you looked around your area to see if there are some good western instructors (heck, even an english instructor would be better than nothing) that can help you learn to become a more effective rider?
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When he walks he doesn't throw his head in the air and doesn't reallly do it at a trot but anything pass that he tends to do it.

There is a lady that is a family friend of mine and she gives riding lessons and that sort of stuff but she came to my house one day to help me teach him to lunge and she didnt get very far with it. Also i couldnt get him to go in circles and when i showed her what he had done she never really told me of a way to fix it. (I got him doing circles now tho) I think she would be god at giving me riding lesson on one of her horses but im not sure about on Travler. Thats just the way she made me feel at lest. There is not many trainers where I live. I would have to drive an hr away to able albe to get to most of them.
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