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  • Can an OTTB be trained for barrel racing
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    04-21-2011, 09:58 AM
OTTB's and Barrel Racing

Alot of people get OTTB's and turn them into successful, local level, hunter jumpers/dressagers etc...

However, has anyone had experience with them as barrel racers? Can a throroughbred even do well in this event being that they are so big and definitely NOT built like quarters and paints?

My OTTB is doing well with his head set in western, and I haven't done much with him since he still needs to gain alot, but when I am on him, I am suprised at how well he is doing western. I wanted to do barrels possibly, but I don't know if this is a stupid thing?
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    04-21-2011, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
TBs can do Very well running Nikki is a QH TB cross..a few people I know have gotten TBs off the track and they have done very good..
    04-21-2011, 05:51 PM
I have a QH/TB and a OTTB. Both of them I barrel race with. My OTTB has a harder time gathering herself in a small arena, but we're working on that. They are trained to reach out and run, but getting her to gather up faster in a smaller arena has turned out to be a task, but she is doing well. I think that as long as they enjoy what they are doing, they will excel. And, my grandmother has had two horses off the track and she barrel raced with them at the rodeo level, and she always did very well with them. So, imo, as long as they enjoy it and are trained preoperly, they will do well.
    04-21-2011, 06:15 PM
Molly, my coming 8-yr old OTTB, does very well on barrels. She can't jump because of a track injury (slab fracture), but is a beautiful mover and can not only do dressage, but she doubles as a Western horse and loves trails and barrels. Her turns are nice and tight, and I haven't taken her to any gymkhanas yet but am hoping to be in the Top 5 gymkhana with her at fair this summer, like Arty and I were last year. She's not super tall (15.3hh) and I've had people think she's a QH before.
    04-21-2011, 07:35 PM
Green Broke
The barn I used to ride at has 2 ottbs that are great at barrels its just a matter of training time and whether you love it or not
    04-22-2011, 01:23 PM
My friend has a OTTB and she does great at barrel racing. Won regional champion for her division last year out of 15+ horses, most were quarters. In my opinion unless you want to go pro, any breed that will gallop fast for you can be a great barrel horse with the training. After that it all comes down to the training for the turns.
    04-22-2011, 01:29 PM
I think it depends all on how the horse is trained. If it is taught to rate and gather itself together properly there shouldn't be much of an issue.
    04-22-2011, 02:02 PM
IMO if you are not going pro it doesnt matter. TB are not bred for the flexion and to collect up like a QH or APHA are. They are long runners and take a bit to get up to speed vs. having a ton of speed out of the gate. Where TB lack out of the gate they often make up on the home stretch. It takes a lot of work to get flexion in them because they are use to going strait but it can be done. Just work on your flexion and getting them to collect up for a smaller area. You may not go pro but if you love it and your TB does then it will be fun and that's what matters! You will probably excel in the larger arenas because of a TB's stride... Appendix QH have a lot of TB in them and they are used so go for it. You may not bring home the blue ribbon everytime but it will happen over time...
    04-23-2011, 08:10 PM
Awsome guys!! I'm excited :) Thanks for the help- I glad to know that I at least have a chance :)

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