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    01-30-2012, 11:51 PM
Question about training.

Do some barrel racing trainers use training from any other western sports. Such as reining? Just wondering because I have seen jumpers use some dressage. Thanks.
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    01-30-2012, 11:54 PM
Well my trainer trains all-purpose. She just teaches whatever the student wants to know about. I can't name any specific trainers but I'm sure you could probably find one somewhere.
    01-31-2012, 12:05 AM
    01-31-2012, 12:57 AM
LOL jumpers use A LOT of dressage. I use a lot of dressage for jumping and barrels. I have also done a bit of reining to help with my horse's stop.
    02-01-2012, 12:46 AM
Everybody is different on their training methods for training barrel horses. Some of the things in reining are very useful in barrel racing. For instance, the horse learning to work off the hip/pivots, lead changes, speed increases and decreases with control, all very important in both areas of training. I like to occasionally jump my barrel horse, jumping is a good way to help your barrel horse focus on their feet placement and helps them pay attention to where they are going. I don't think implementing other areas of training would ever cause a barrel horse any harm in their barrel training. Additional training only makes your horse for versatile. :)
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    02-01-2012, 03:41 PM
Like any other sport, you want to start any specialty training with a BROKE horse. One that stops easily from any speed and travels on a loose rein at any speed, backs up easily and relaxed, knows simple and flying lead changes, responds to leg pressure for side passing and leg yeilds, can do rollbacks or a turn on the fore, neck reins, and everything in between. Basically, you want to be able to control and move any part of the horse's body at any time.

This concept should be the same for ALL horses, no matter what specialty they are primarily going to be used for (reining, barrels, cutting, dressage, jumping, etc). You want to start with a well-trained horse period.

After that, I personally think it is beneficial to do multiple events with the same horse. Do they have to be world champ quality in every event? Of course not. But I think doing something different every now and then (like doing reining for fun with your barrel horse ... Or doing jumping for fun with your dressage horse) can only make your horse more attuned to your cues and keep their mind fresh.
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    02-01-2012, 07:15 PM
^ I agree greatly with this. All my colts don't start off thinking "Run barrels run barrels run barrels", they start off going slow and learning buttons. Same if any older horse came to me. Currently in the process with my current mare of getting her thinking about other things. I will probably start her on cows for team penning and sorting, I think that would be a good thing for her. But with my really old gelding, he was an excellent english type horse. I loved jumping him and doing dressage, if he had been younger I probably would have ditched his barrel racing career and started him on eventing and sold him as a kids eventer. But seeing as he is pushing 20yrs old, that was not possible. It still proved so good for him.
    02-01-2012, 10:27 PM
Good Lord've had Arabians, quarter start dressage....event.....train horses....reining.... and do team penning?

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    02-02-2012, 12:09 AM
Originally Posted by 1RedHorse    
Good Lord've had Arabians, quarter start dressage....event.....train horses....reining.... and do team penning?

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I am just curious what the Hm m mmm.... means. It's so very open to interpretation.
    02-02-2012, 12:54 AM
1RedHorse - By jump, I mean logs. In my pasture. LOL There was about three months of my freshman year when I TRIED (And failed) to switch completely over to english. I grew up with cowhorses and reiners mainly. (Which was a lot of state reining shows type thing, we went team penning on the fridays in january only, because that's the only time it happened) and the barrel races happened maybe once or twice a month. Gymkhanas happened once every month or once every other month. We would be gone every weekend pretty much. I hauled with my trainer who did not ride the horses or give lessons on weekend. And yeah, as I told you on my other thread, I've had some issues getting horses to stay around with a lot of nasty luck. The colts have been around since halfway through last year when my trainer had a big accident and decided "Hey, let's let the teenagers do all the baby horse stuff and I'll go from there".

Also, since I was a freshman a lot of my stuff during the school year has been HS Equestrian Team stuff. I can do five events and my five normally consisted of picking between Hunt Seat Eq. Over Fences (rarely...I suck at jumping) Dressage, Barrels, Figure Eight, Pole Bending, Reining, and Stock Seat Eq. Team penning was also an extra team event.

I know it seems like a lot but in reality its pretty widespread. And my dabbling out of the western world I tend to accidently overdramatize; I wasn't out of it that long. Although I do like to ride in the english saddle, I didn't show too much outside the HS Eq. Team.
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