I have long since concluded barrel horses is where my heart is, however I do not have a huge desire to compete anymore. I competed so heavily before this year that I just lost interest. I will still show and compete with my horses because I do enjoy it but I do not want to be on the road every single weekend and then some hauling to rodeo. Besides that, I am a much better teacher than I am a competitor. So here is what I am prosposing:
Picture this: Colored, quality barrel horses. Maybe buy a couple painted broodmares and breed to racing/barrel quarter horse studs. Or vice versa, or a mix of both. Now I refuse to breed entirely for color, I would breed just as much for healthy, quality foals. I would start them on my own, get their foundations on, start them on the barrel pattern, and either haul them myself for the first few years (Obviously since Im starting small) or finding someone who wants to haul them for me/with me once ready. I would LOVE to see them in the PRCA, so what I foresee is me hauling to jackpots and local races and then sending them off when it comes time to rodeo.
Do you guys think I'm dreaming? Sometimes things get so exciting in my head that I miss things. Obviously the horse industry is in a bad state right now, not easy to become successful in, but I have been here my entire life and admittedly could pull several strings until I get up to speed. Selena could even be my first mare bred, if the timing came right. I've had my nose buried in research right now, trying to get a handle on the idea and have been doing some "phantom breeding" in my head. I plan on following the APHA/AQHA racing industry more closely now. I've already gotten myself buried in reining/cowhorse/barrels, so I just need to keep up on the "happenings".
On top of this I would love to teach lessons and train when I can. I know these big things won't come at first, but if I could get my hands on just a couple good horses to start, keep competing and obviously have another job, wait til things roll and just see where I can take it. Obviously the end goal after years and years is to live with that as my one and only job, I just want you guys to know that I realize things don't always work out and obstacles do come up
Anyway, ramble over, it's 1:30 in the morning....And I'm ready to hear your thoughts :)
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