Making a barrel horse go faster - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 11
• Horses: 0
Making a barrel horse go faster

I have a horse that is about 14 now she is a paint horse and se has had two babies. For the past three months I have been training her in barrels and poles. She seems to be doing well with the patterns but the only thing is I cant get her speed up. I am using spurs on her at the moment. I dont want to resort to whipping her. Is there anything you could think of to help? should i continue to just work her more by loping her around?
ride it like you stole it is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:38 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4,962
• Horses: 3
You have to realize that she's 14 and has had two foals.. Maybe her body just isn't up to it. If a barrel horse doesn't have the want to go faster you can't make them. Don't ruin a horse just because you want her to go faster and start using spurs and whips. Maybe she's just not a barrel horse..Loping her around more and continuing to push her hard will just make it worse, you can't at MAKE her something she's not or that her body can't handle.
smrobs, Tianimalz, NdAppy and 8 others like this.

I am Sparkly Meanie Doodie Head and I approve this message!
DrumRunner is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:53 AM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,264
• Horses: 3
I agree with Drumrunner. An essential characteristic of a barrel horse is 'get up and go'- if she doesn't have it, you can't make her learn it, it's not a skill. She may just not have the temperament for barrels. Is she conditioned? How long ago did she have a foal? What's her breeding? If you look at the horses in her pedigree, that can also tell you something. I personally do think that having two foals has effected her too, although that's my opinion, not fact.
soenjer55 is offline  
post #4 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 02:37 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,433
• Horses: 1
Also this horse has been on the pattern for three months, why do you want her to start really running?
Posted via Mobile Device
SorrelHorse is online now  
post #5 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 11:18 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 6,772
• Horses: 2
Depending on the spurs you are using, and how much your using them...a crop very well could be more humane...
Posted via Mobile Device
CLaPorte432 is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,220
• Horses: 5
... and welcome to the forum!

Come join us on the Texas Horse Friends thread.
texasgal is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:01 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Posts: 1,222
• Horses: 11
She has only been on the barrels 3 months...she doesn't need to be going fast yet. A slow lope at most.....if that.

So don't rush doesn't happen fast. Training barrel horses takes a lot of time and patience. If you rush the process your going to have a lot of issues down the road. And you need to remember it isn't all about need to have a solid foundation which is strongly built by going slow.
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs, beau159, 1RedHorse and 2 others like this.
BarrelRacingLvr is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:24 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 625
• Horses: 0
How long did you spend getting her back in shape??

It takes months for horses that have been out that long to come back. Tendons have to get their elasticity back....muscles have to be worked and rebuilt etc etc

"If you're dating a cowgirl raise your glass. If you're not raise your standards."
1RedHorse is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 06-25-2012, 01:38 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 204
• Horses: 2
14 with two foals is pretty hard on a mare. especially if u want to run her. Maybe you should try to ride a diffrent horse and work with them on barrels or make one of her foals yours and pay attention to them and wen they get to be 2 or 3 start them. A over under rope is not inhumane, i use one and my horse isnt hurting.
horseandme is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 06-26-2012, 10:50 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 422
• Horses: 2
Two years ago I was in the EXACT same situation. I had a 14 year old paint mare who had two foals (one recently). My stepmom used to barrel race her so she new the patterns already. After months of light patterns and just really getting her back in shape I started to get frusterated because I just couldn't get her to speed up. I didn't use spurs or whips on her though. What I did was put her in a field and lope a short corner and then let her go on a long straight away. I didn't ask her to go faster, just let her run at her speed and encouraged her. It really made her want to run. After going to shows and letting her run her own speed I started to urge her to speed up and before I knew it she was flying through the barrel pattern! She turned out to be faster than she was when my stepmom raced her. Your horse has to be willing and want to please you. If it isn't you will get no where. It really takes time and patience on the riders part but in the end you will have a great horse!
barrelracer11 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do I teach my horse to neck rein faster? xVannaIsLifex Western Riding 6 06-27-2012 05:56 PM
Making Barrel Reins.. horselover21 Horse Tack and Equipment 3 05-08-2012 03:02 AM
blankets to help horse dry off faster? catsandhorses Horse Health 2 09-17-2011 04:16 PM
how to get a barrel horse to go faster??? chika1235 Western Riding 17 05-22-2009 11:56 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome