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  • Safe to practice barrel racing in a pasture
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    03-10-2013, 06:10 PM
Is there anything wrong with this?

Ok so I don't have a dirt arena cause we don't have enough room for that so I just set my barrels up in the grass in the pasture and that's where I practice I mean I don't have a choice it's that or nothing and someone b*****d at me and said it's bad for the horses and I shouldn't be practicing on the grass, I've been doing it in the grass sence I started barrel racing ( 7 years ago) and it doesn't seem to bother my horses at all and I don't see what it's hurting it's not like I always run my horses on barrels anyways I do mostly walking and trotting and if I have a rodeo coming up I might run them not flat out just lope to make sure they don't need anything corrected...What do you all think?
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    03-10-2013, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
I don't run in my pasture.. mostly because my neighbors BOTH have arenas.. I used to though.. not run though..just trot and stuff.. but I have heard of it not being good for horses.. Im not sure if it was you who posted a while back. And some people said your horse looked sore and needed a chiro? Maybe running in your pasture does bother her? But ya know.. I don't know much haha.. just saying:)
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    03-10-2013, 06:48 PM
It can be very slippery, that's why people don't do it
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    03-10-2013, 06:52 PM
Yes, the slipperiness can make it dangerous. But if you have had lots of practice on the grass and you are prepared for if the horse slips, then I don't think there is any problem with that. I used to lope up and down my driveway - there was grass everywhere in that road.
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    03-10-2013, 06:55 PM
One of the biggest barrel racing courses in the world is ran halfway on grass. But they turn on the track. Its in Pendleton, OR

    03-10-2013, 07:10 PM
Fluffy Pony Around my barrels is dirt I keep it worked up to so it doesn't get all hard and stuff
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    03-10-2013, 07:47 PM
Green Broke
How well, and how much dirt do you actually have around your barrels? Do you have a picture?

Do you routinely walk (on foot) around your pattern to be sure no holes or rocks are present?
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    03-10-2013, 07:50 PM
I find that a horse will not stop, turn and use their hindend properly when doing barrel work on grass. And I feel if your not going to do it teach the horse the correct feel of a turn, and do it in a way that's going to be done in the arena, then don't do it at all. JMO.
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    03-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Green Broke
I've had two of my horses fall with me loping in the pasture turning, no where near as tight as a barrel turn. I find it dangerous and only walk and trot the pattern at my house. I might lope in between the barrels, but never around. I find the ground is way to hard for the horses legs, they can't stop or do anything properly other than what is in a straight line. You won't go to any (well run) barrel races on grass, and your horse wont have the proper feel for it.
    03-10-2013, 09:03 PM
beau159 Yes I walk and and look for holes and rocks and I have it done pretty good, and ya i've had a few falls around the barrels but i'm prepared for if the horse slips but like I said I never actually run them

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