New barrel horse that doesn't run barrels?

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    04-03-2012, 08:44 PM
New barrel horse that doesn't run barrels?

I recently had to purchase a new barrel horse because my pervious one passing away, but anyways, the lady advertised her as a 1D barrel horse but hasn't been ran in a while, I went and rode Annie (the horses name) and ran her on the barrel pattern and she did what her owner said she did. I ends up buying her and brought her home and now she's been here for two weeks now and I decided to get her out and work on barrels. When I take her through the barrels she is acting like a totally different horse and acting like she doesn't even know what to do. I'm so confused. And I really don't think it's my fault. Just don't really know what to do.
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    04-03-2012, 08:48 PM
So...what exactly is she doing? We need more info before we can begin to help you.
    04-03-2012, 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
So...what exactly is she doing? We need more info before we can begin to help you.
She's a really hyper horse so she prances around but that's not a problem. When I take her to the first barrel it's like she forgets that she's a barrel horse and wants to go a different direction. Same with all the barrels. It's like she doesn't know them at all. And she's supposed to be an automatic, free runner horse on the barrels.
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    04-03-2012, 08:53 PM
Did you use her saddle when you test rode the horse?
    04-03-2012, 08:54 PM
Sounds like she was soured. Possibly the old owner did something to fool you. Or maybe she's jacked up on something in the arena that's spooking her. There's so many reasons. Can you maybe try her in a different arena?
    04-03-2012, 08:54 PM
Originally Posted by Malice    
Did you use her saddle when you test rode the horse?
Yes, this too...Have you made any tack changes?
    04-03-2012, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by Malice    
Did you use her saddle when you test rode the horse?
Yes I used the othe lady's saddle when I test rode her.
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    04-03-2012, 09:00 PM
Contact the previous owner and talk to her about the problem. Ask if she has had these issues in the past.

Check your take to make sure it's fitting properly.

Make sure your riding her properly. Are you getting in her way and ticking her off? If she's a free-runner, give her her head. Have you tried just letting her go?

Rule out pain. How are her teeth? Is it a back issue? Is she stiff at all?

Did you have a PPE done before you purchased her? What did you do when you test rode her? How did she behave? (Details!)

Finally, it completely possible that the owner may have duped you. I hope that's not the case, but she sounds like a sour horse that just doesn't want to run. But there could be an underlying reason.
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    04-03-2012, 10:02 PM
If you rode in her saddle, and she worked fine you may want to go over the fit of your saddle with a fine tooth comb and see if its fitting her correctly. When I bought a new english saddle I had the same problem with my older mare.
    04-03-2012, 11:41 PM
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I agree with what everyone else has said, but I want to add that maybe YOU are not cueing her correctly as the rider.

When you test rode her, you were riding her in a familiar environment. I bet she could run the barrels in her own home practice pen with her eyes blindfolded with no rider.

It's a different ball game when you've hauled her to her new home, and she truly hasn't done the barrels in a long time (as her previous owner did say).

And you as the rider are completely new to her. It's going to take time for the both of you to get used to each other, and for you to learn what the best way is to cue her. If she doesn't know what you do, you need to help her understand. So no big deal that your first practice session didn't turn out with a smokin' 1D run. It's going to take some TIME and PATIENCE.

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