So for the past couple months I have spent countless hours asking all about barrel racing, starting a horse on barrels and reading as much as possible. I had been working with my boy and was thinking this summer I would finally get to run barrels after YEARS of wanting to. After the past couple weeks it is sinking in that I am rushing my young boy. We have become sloppy, I'm making stupid mistakes and I feel I'm frustrating him. I was so stoked to run a few times this summer, but now I feel he needs more work on technique and I'm just focusing to much personally on barrels when I should just be focussing on him and making him a great ridable horse instead of a stressed out mess. :( I hope I can haul him at least one time to a local equestrian center that does barrel racing once a month but for no prizes or anything it's just to go and have fun. Has anyone else had to bite the bullet like this? I feel it's more fair to trigger to give him a solid year of barrel training instead of the so so training we have been doing.
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