Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
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.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
Last edited by BarrelRacingLvr; 04-23-2012 at 10:04 PM.