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post #1 of 15 Old 06-22-2012, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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And so I had an idea.

So I have been thinking a lot about my future with horses, particularly in the past couple weeks.

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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post #2 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 12:18 AM
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I'm the same way....if rather train...tune and teach then compete.
Some friends and I have talked about joining up and making a bussiness but were located across the country *sad face*

I think your dream is logical....I just know paint horses aren't THAT popular. I think you'd be better off breeding for roans, buckskins, duns and pallys....but that's just IMO.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 12:39 AM
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I don't think you're dreamig. I think you're planning, and it sounds like you're being realistic as well.
If you have the confidence and ability to do it, I say follow your heart.
Sometimes the mind doesn't always follow the heart, but sometimes the heart has to tell the mind to Cowgirl Up, or go cry in the truck.

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post #4 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 01:32 AM
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I think it's a great idea. Have great horses, and color is just the icing on the cake, especially for those who want to stand out and be different. I always had the same dream, but I'm leaning towards Appies. I have never seen one perform at a rodeo, and I know it's not like color is slowing them down

I'm always looking around for the colored speed horses. Like, there just HAS to be some color somewhere that I am missing!

I would die for a homozygous Tobi colt that's race/cow bred. I'd just be happier than....than.....pie. And it doesn't get much happier than pie.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 01:39 AM
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I honestly think EVERY barrel racer goes through this state of mind.. I know I have..and still am.. I'm still wanting to take my competitiveness further but eventually do want to breed..I'm sticking with QHs though, maybe a few appendix horses. Color is nice but just my personal preference to stick with my favorite breeds. I have learned from friends that breed paints that it is a TON of work, not just breeding for athletic ability. You also have to handle all of the colors and such..Frame, splash, yada yada.. That's just too much for me. I'm all for color testing even for frame in QHs but it's again just personal preference..

I do have a good friends in the breeding world, one really good friend who I know could help me open that door..It's just a huge dedication and is even harder to maintain than training and competition. loooots of work.. I think it's an awesome dream to have, just know that it's a lot harder than many people think it is.

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post #6 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Before we kinda got out of it, Mom heavily bred paint reining/cowhorses and did really well...I've kinda grown up knowing about paints and what to do or not to do. I mean since then we dispersed and no longer have babies or broods, just our personal horses, but I'm fortunate to already be pretty much aware of the hazards, do's and don'ts, etc....And she is ridiculously good with foalings so I know she would be willing to help me with the first couple foals and essentially just teach me. She still does "midwifing" for people in the valley with foals and puppies/kittens/rabbits/various other animals.

Thanks for your input guys :) I appreciate your encouragement!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 03:55 PM
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That is exactly what I want to do! The only difference is that I want to run in the NFR and things like that. I definitely want to raise and train my own, but also sell to make money. Possibly do riding lessons or things like that, too. I plan on trying to get into Clinton Anderson's apprenticeship training for a start... :) I have to go to college first, though!
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-23-2012, 10:09 PM
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I think I'd rather work with someone who's raising horses. I don't think I could handle taking all the BS from people :P

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Haha QH, I handle a lot of that BS now! xD only differance will be I will be allowed to say things to them instead of "going about my business" as Im instructed now LOL
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Lol the BS will be the best part! this is where "it's my way or the highway" comes in handy. Seriously, though, that was the only part that I'm still unsure of, just because you know that the one person that will make me uncivilized will show up at some point in time... lol
Oh yeah, and SorrelHorse, I know the feeling... just wait until I'm old enough for people to take me seriously...
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