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post #1 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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okay so I started to train my barrel horse about a month ago maybe more and I am so Happy with today's run! Yesterday I went with my friend to folleys and wished I would have brought my horse! So I know that its not the fastest run but we got a.......21 second run! Not at the arena just at my neighbors house! I just thought I would let people know because I am really happy with it! I think I might take him to a couple little shows just to get him used to it.. good idea?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-22-2012, 09:43 PM
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That's really good that you're seeing progress. Just don't let it push you to want to push your horse too fast, that could set your progress back and sour him... Congrats on the improvement though! It's exciting.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-23-2012, 02:53 AM
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Were you asking/pushing him for speed in this 21 second run?

If so, I wouldn't do that.

With only a month on the barrel pattern, speed shouldn't be in your mind yet. Making perfect patterns at the walk and trot (and potentially slow gallop) should be your number one priority, keeping your horse calm and collected the entire time.

It's always a good idea to start hauling a horse to get them used to the sights and sounds of a barrel race or show, and even better if the show allows you to do exhibition practice runs. Again, don't go for speed yet. You have plenty of years ahead of you for that.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-26-2012, 12:41 PM
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Were you asking/pushing him for speed in this 21 second run?

If so, I wouldn't do that.

With only a month on the barrel pattern, speed shouldn't be in your mind yet. Making perfect patterns at the walk and trot (and potentially slow gallop) should be your number one priority, keeping your horse calm and collected the entire time.

It's always a good idea to start hauling a horse to get them used to the sights and sounds of a barrel race or show, and even better if the show allows you to do exhibition practice runs. Again, don't go for speed yet. You have plenty of years ahead of you for that.

I don't think she was asking for speed....Selena could run a 21 easily with a month on the pattern and she never had speed. Granted she's only about two months now but you know....lol

I do definitely agree though, SLOW, then fast.

OP, congrats on your progress!

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-26-2012, 02:24 PM
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Yay for good practices!

I haven't worked the pattern for a couple weeks now, and I feel barrel deprived! I think I might have to take Peanut out for a ride and let her breeze the pattern for fun...
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