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    04-23-2012, 08:53 PM
  #11
Foal
Thank you so much for your help I will keep you updated on how everything is going. And I agree sweet feed is horrible. The old horse that was here for boarding has this sweet feed called sweet mix was moldy and nasty so I had to throw it out and dumor equistages I believe its called much better.
     
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    04-23-2012, 09:17 PM
  #12
Showing
Your training will be light at first then trail riding to condition. Break your training down in to small segments and work on those segments, not the whole pattern. Horses that are pushed in their training get so you can't get them in the arena.
     
    04-23-2012, 09:44 PM
  #13
Foal
Okie dokie I do LOTS of trail riding anyways lol
     
    04-23-2012, 10:16 PM
  #14
Green Broke
You're welcome..I look forward to hearing more about you and your ponies! Trail riding is a great idea, it's good to change it up and not ride barrels everytime you ride.
     
    04-23-2012, 11:01 PM
  #15
Yearling
To be honest....if you don't know how to train a barrel horse you should send or find somebody who knows what they are doing and how to properly train a barrel horse. There is A L O T more to it then just turning 3 barrels and should be done by somebody who is more experience in the department. It takes us at least 4-5 years to really get them consistent when running. And they only really start running their 6yr old year if they are ready to have some pressure on them. Start them as 3yr olds and get them a solid foundation, ride out, work cows, chase cows, ect. 4yr old year they get started on the pattern and usually a fast lope at the end of their 4yr old year. As 5yr olds we start hauling them and T/O them (might do a few as 4yr olds as well, just depends) and if they are start letting them cruise through the pattern if they are comfortable and ready. By the end of their 5yr old year they are usually confident and cruising through the pattern and enter smaller races. As 6yr olds we start asking them a little more and hauling them everywhere the finished horses go. And as 7yr olds we start really asking them and treating them as part of the pack that knows what they are doing.

If they are not consistent or are starting to fall apart somewhere in their run we slow it down a lot and go back and see where they are struggling with and fix it.

So it isn't a quick process unless you want a hot, dingy, messy horse that can't run the pattern smooth or successfully, dives, ducks, has gate issues, is dangerous to itself and others...ect.

And don't take this lightly because people need to realize you can't push these horses to hard to fast or else your will fry your horses brain and just frazzle them. I see SO many horses that would be so much better then they are if they would have been in the right hands from the start. So unless your willing to take the time and have the patience it takes to properly train a barrel horse then you should by a finished and seasoned barrel horse.
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    04-24-2012, 07:22 AM
  #16
Foal
DrumRunner gave me perfectly good advice so I think I should be pretty good and I plan to take it slow. Im just preparing for equestrian team if my school will get one
     
    04-25-2012, 01:32 AM
  #17
Green Broke
That's really great you want to take the challenge of training your own barrel horse. However, I am leaning toward BarrelRacingLovrs advice of: "To be honest....if you don't know how to train a barrel horse you should send or find somebody who knows what they are doing and how to properly train a barrel horse. There is A L O T more to it then just turning 3 barrels and should be done by somebody who is more experience in the department. "

I say this because you don't know how to handle a horse that spooks at the barrels, which is a basic fundamental foundation concept because if you want to enter advanced training (ex: barrel racing) you need to have a solid horse to start with. Meaning, you need to know how to train it. Such as sacking out and getting the horse to handle scary things.

I also lean toward the given advice for you already overreacted in this thread ("I know one summer wont do it. Im not that dumb") and have given the idea that you want to reject anyone else's advice: ("DrumRunner gave me perfectly good advice so I think I should be pretty good") The more pieces of advice you hear, the better. Although DrumRunner is most certainly one to listen to. She knows her stuff.

Although I do really think a trainer would be best, I know what it feels like to want to do something yourself. In all reality, he is your horse and if you make a mistake in his barrel training, it's on you. I can say this from personal experience because I didn't know squat when I trained my first barrel horse (and certainly still do not know it all, no one ever does). And I taught him bad habits without knowing it that to this day I have to constantly work on with him because bad habits always creep back.

If you won't get a trainer to ask least work with, get your hands on as many resources as you can. There are tons of great books and DVDs out there, and even some free YouTube videos. The more you expose yourself too, the better. And most of those resources talks about more than just training and address tack, nutrition, and hauling and more.

I wish you luck, and do keep us posted. (We love videos!) And we'll try to help you along the best we can.
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    04-25-2012, 01:55 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by beau159    

I also lean toward the given advice for you already overreacted in this thread ("I know one summer wont do it. Im not that dumb") and have given the idea that you want to reject anyone else's advice: ("DrumRunner gave me perfectly good advice so I think I should be pretty good") The more pieces of advice you hear, the better.


If you won't get a trainer to ask least work with, get your hands on as many resources as you can. There are tons of great books and DVDs out there, and even some free YouTube videos. The more you expose yourself too, the better. And most of those resources talks about more than just training and address tack, nutrition, and hauling and more.
I agree 100% with Beau in this, and I agree with BarrelLvr... I don't want to ever tell anyone they can't train their own horse. Sure, they can try to train their own horse, and some may have a little success in it..but those horses that are pushed too fast and like BarrelLvr said, those horses blow up and are ruined before their career even had a chance to start...That said, that's why it is SO important to have help, hopefully from a trainer, along the way. Not just jumping into something by yourself and being too stubborn to ask for help... Beau is absolutely right when she said the more advice you hear the better. I still ask for advice and other's opinions..You can't ever know enough about it or claim to know everything.
     

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