how to start a horse on barrel racing

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    04-23-2012, 05:08 PM
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I am getting a new horse since the other one was to old I need help getting this horse started on barrels when I get it
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    04-23-2012, 05:13 PM
LOTS OF SLOW WORK! If you need help starting it, then you need to get a trainer. You need to Walk Walk Walk! NO LOPING! When he does nice at a walk, the. You can start trotting. Don't just throw your new horse on a pattern though. You need to click with your horse first and make sure there are no holes in his/her foundation training. You also need to do a couple month of conditioning your horse before you start them!
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    04-23-2012, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
I started a great thread that has a lot of good information for beginners, as well as others keeping their horse in shape and keep their conditioning up.

Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.

The biggest advice anyone can get when starting a horse on barrels is to KEEP IT SLOW. It takes months and years to train a good barrel horse. It's not something they just pick up in a few months. You never want to push a horse before s/he is ready, you'll ruin your horse that way. S/he will become sour and hate their job.. Check out my thread and you can start from there, the other good advice I can give you is to start with a trainer or someone who knows what they're doing. If you don't want to have a trainer step in and train or help you train your horse, at least have one you can call and talk to when you have a problem.. A trainer can help you in SO many more ways and you can have that in person experience.
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    04-23-2012, 05:21 PM
Thanks the other horse that was here 2 summers ago was ok with the barrels but she wasnt my horse so I am getting my own to train and race with I have all summer to train so it will be a hard working summer. What if they spook with the barrels what do I do?
    04-23-2012, 05:27 PM
Green Broke
One summer is not enough to train a barrel horse. You have to go sllllow..There's no way that you can expect a horse to be trained that fast and not be sour and hate their job.

If the horse is spooking at the barrel you need to let him get used to the barrels BEFORE ever starting him on the pattern. If he's scared of the barrels while you're trying to pattern him he won't be listening to you. All he will be concerned about is the barrel trying to eat him.
    04-23-2012, 05:36 PM
I know one summer wont do it. Im not that dumb my friend is working on her horse and she's doing really good she's been training her for 3 or 4 months
    04-23-2012, 05:40 PM
If they spook at barrels you need to dO some desensitizing courses and maybe put s/him in a round pen with a few barrels
    04-23-2012, 05:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by rednecklove    
I know one summer wont do it. Im not that dumb my friend is working on her horse and she's doing really good she's been training her for 3 or 4 months
I never said that you were dumb, or even hinted at it..I can only give you advice on what you post.. and so far that's just been that you were getting a new horse and you had this summer to train it.. That's saying you want to finish training a barrel horse in 3 or so months..and that just won't happen and the horse stay sane and/or not have any problems.
    04-23-2012, 05:53 PM
I know you werent hinting at it. And also what type of feed(grain) do you feed your barrel horses that's my main question too.
    04-23-2012, 06:26 PM
Green Broke
For barrel horses, it's best to make sure you have super high quality hay or very good grazing. If you want to add feed you can play around and see what works best for your horse. I personally feed different feeds.. My main mare gets Nutrena SafeChoice and Purina Omolene 200. My other mare gets Nutrena Strategy and SafeChoice, and my gelding gets SafeChoice. It all depends on that individual horse's needs.

Nutrena has a new feed coming out that I'm dying to try. I love their SafeChoice and swear by it, Now they are coming out with SafeChoice Perform..I would just research a few different feeds, talk to your vet and feed store about your horse and what they think would be best to try with your horse. Don't worry about just trying to stick with one because it sounds good, just because it's an expensive feed doesn't mean that it will be best for your horse. Just remember to go slow when weaning your horse onto and off of different feeds, you don't want a colic case.

Also, stay away from sweet feed. That stuff is junk and has no nutritional value to it.. My idea of sweet feed is the nasty little sticky pellet.... Not an all grain feed or textured feed like the Omolene line.

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