Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Well we start them on the pattern in the early Spring, at the end of the year they are consistently loping the pattern usually (very smoothly and correct). Depending on the horse itself some might be going a faster lope if they are mentally mature enough to handle that much. When starting them we work the barrels at least 4-5 days a week (time varies on how well they are working), we also do a lot of different drills and exercises off the pattern as well. We also try and haul them to some of the races and exhibition them to get them used to the surroundings and environment.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.