Should I push him?

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    07-05-2012, 07:41 PM
Unhappy Should I push him?

My gelding has been phenomenal on the barrel pattern lately, but he just doesn't enjoy it. He'll do beautiful turns and stay quiet and collected, but he just doesn't want to go fast. He adores trails and pleasure riding, and he's the perfect beginner's horse. I love him and I don't want to make him do something he isn't cut out for and doesn't enjoy. I won't have to sell him, he's my dad's and my trail horse.
But also, my mom has a quarter horse/arabian/ paint mare who was a barrel horse. I have been working on her for fun because she had a lot of issues because she'd been yanked around the pattern and spurred too much by past owners. She's really fast, listens and turns well now, but my mom doesn't want to race on her. She offered to trade horses with me at shows, so I can run her mare and she can just cruse around on my gelding and relax. Just wanted to get your opinions. Thanks!
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    07-05-2012, 07:46 PM
Does he run when you are out on the trail or have you tried breezing him? My initial thought is either he doesn't know how to run (A lot of horses started on barrels don't at first) or perhaps there is a pain problem or he's sore and doesn't want to run?

I would inspect for pain and then if he turn up okay take him to a big open space an try opening him up, let him know what it feels like and then go back to the barrel pattern.
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    07-05-2012, 08:07 PM
I've had him checked by my vet and my farrier and he is 100% sound & pain free. All of my tack fits him well. I take him out about every two-three weeks to a local race track and sprint him, and he can gallop, just not a really fast gallop. He'll run the pattern for me, and does great, he just doesn't have a "I want to do this" attitude, he doesn't like doing barrels. I had a barrel gelding before that I had to retire that loved barrels, so I know what it feels like. :)
    07-05-2012, 08:19 PM
Just checking, not sure what you have or haven't done yet. He may just not be a fast horse.

With my Selena it took her ages to learn how to run. She just wouldn't go. Eventually we took turns once a wek at the barn breeazing her until she got into "running shape" (She's a finished reiner so she always wanted to have a head down, collected style) And during that breezing session we had the over and under whip and we would kiss, and if she didn't move we would over and under her once and then she would let loose on us and actually run. As soon as she did, she got a lot of praise and was allowed to come back to a relaxed pace and rest. She learned very quickly that running was fun, and after awhile she slowly got faster and faster as she learned how.

Don't know if that helps at all, but maybe he just needs to get faster first.
    07-05-2012, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the help! :) He can run, he just doesn't like it. No bad behavior or nastiness, I just have to get after him with a crop. He just doesn't enjoy running around three barrels either. I guess what I'm trying to say is that he's lazy and prefers trail rides. When I turn him out in a pasture, even after a rainstorm/break from work, he just lazily grazes and walks around, maybe a trot or two, and never canters.
    07-05-2012, 08:30 PM
And when he does run, like I said before, even when I use the crop, he does the slowest gallop possible, lol. :)
    07-05-2012, 10:06 PM
How long has he been on the pattern?
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    07-05-2012, 11:47 PM
Before I got him he had been on pattern for a year and a half, and I've had him for two months and have been patterning him.
    07-06-2012, 12:27 AM
To me it sounds like a basic yougin who still needs to figure out how to put speed into the mix....I don't think that he doesn't like it I think he just doesn't really know. And your not going to get a rapid change in will slowly start to build and he will start getting more confidence and the speed with start to come.
    07-06-2012, 12:03 PM
Okay, thanks! :)

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