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post #1 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Oh dear me...

So, once my horse caught on to what barrel racing is about... she kinda got a little fired up... not that I mind.... but we're going to hive to hit the trails for a few days... :P This is the first time I asked her for some faster work, everything has always been slow slow medium this far.
She really wants to fly, buuuut I'm not sure she knows what she's asking for.

Please nothing rude.... no crit either.



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post #2 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 08:55 PM
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So what do you want us to comment on if you don't want a critique?

How long has your pony been training?
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I've been patterning her for a couple weeks. I just let her pick her own pace for a bit today.

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She's doing a good job for just a couple of weeks! You can tell she wants to go! She seemsn like she enjoys it. Are you going to do gymkhana with her?
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She's doing a good job for just a couple of weeks! You can tell she wants to go! She seemsn like she enjoys it. Are you going to do gymkhana with her?
The lady I work for asked me if I wanted to trailer pool with her to a place about an hour away that has a gymkhana day once or twice a month, so I'm thinking about that.

I also want to enter up in a jackpot or two later in the summer.
But, other than that, she'll be going to brandings, roping calves and trotting or loping the pattern everynow and then.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 09:15 PM
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I know you don't want to hear this, but I think you should slow down. She's already hot after only a few weeks of training. You keep pushing her like that, her brain wont be able to keep up with what her body is doing. She'll become an idiot barrel horse just like so many I've had the unwanted pleasure of knowing and retraining.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 09:16 PM
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....i was going to say that but she didn't ask for any comments like that.It's something that ppl need to hear though so they don't get themselves hurt or their horse hurt or turn into a raging maniac....

Maybe work on conditioning her without the barrels as well. This will help her.

I know with Gidget she gets super hyper when she sees barrels set up so maybe you should work on trotting and cutting the arena in half,roll backs,cantering..lots of little exercises.Set up some cones and work on directing your horse in a straight line and turning...try it at a walk,trot,and canter...it sounds easy but really hard. My trainer set them up as a 12x12 ft box and she makes me walk around them.

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Oh, I know. After this ride, I'mma put the barrels away. Once she got a little taste, enough for a while. We're going to stick to moving cows and roping calves for like... a month. Build up all kinds of good muscles!
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You can always set up the barrels in different patterns too to spice things up and keep her from anticipating. Do you have poles? They are easy to make if you don't have any and would like to make them. I LOVE working with poles. Barrels can get boring for a horse after awhile. Putting her on cows and trails will help keep her mind fresh too!

ETA: I like having the pattern set up too so the horse can see it, but not even work the pattern once. Just work around them. Its great for barrel sour horses too.

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You can always set up the barrels in different patterns too to spice things up and keep her from anticipating. Do you have poles? They are easy to make if you don't have any and would like to make them. I LOVE working with poles. Barrels can get boring for a horse after awhile. Putting her on cows and trails will help keep her mind fresh too!

ETA: I like having the pattern set up too so the horse can see it, but not even work the pattern once. Just work around them. Its great for barrel sour horses too.
It would be a nice idea... but my barrels like to blow away... aaaand I don't really feel like putting sand in them because when my leg gets rammed into one, it hurts.. and if they were heavier... ouch! So, I'm probably just going to put them away :P
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