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post #41 of 125 Old 03-16-2013, 04:20 PM
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Alrighty, to get things straight, I do most of my riding on grass. But never do I work on barrel racing stuff faster than a trot on grass. It just doesn't work if they can't dig in and actually USE themselves. To teach a horse to properly turn barrels, an arena with footing is your best choice.

My horses have all pasture sorted cattle, pasture roped, chased run-away cattle down and turned them, ect ect, but it's not a consistent every day thing like working the barrel pattern would be. The biggest stress of working barrels on grass is the repetitive stress of the same thing over and over. Going for a little rip on grass and pulling a tight circle probably isnt gonna hurt anything, trust me, I grew up riding my horses on grass/stubble fields, I know what it's all about.

That's fine, it was just sounding like you where saying a horse can ONLY be riden in an arena. That's why I was tryng to clarify.

As for comparing barrels vs. c-country, they're the same but different. Depends on the course how tight turns need to be and at what speed. Is it a barrel pattern, no. But it can be just as physically taxing on the joints.

And third (why I didn't think of this earlier), I don't know anyone who actually RUNS the actual pattern at home. So in my mind, and in the circles I ran in, training on grass would be a non-issue since the pattern is never worked at more than an easy canter anyway.

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post #42 of 125 Old 03-16-2013, 04:34 PM
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Finished barrel horses are never ran at home. In training I guess you would? Lol
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Finished barrel horses are never ran at home. In training I guess you would? Lol
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To me, they should never be run at home. ESPECIALLY when training a new barrel horse.
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And just why shouldn't a finished horse be ran at home?
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if I ever have a finished barrel horse, I think part of working it would be a breeze through the pattern to see if there are any issues that come up and then work on them, if there is any. If not, I'd probably find something else to do, like play with some cows or something.
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My finished horses are still ran at home. Better to find a problem at home to fix than at a show. It's a common thing I see alot of people thinking that you should only run at a show. Personally I don't know one person who does that. It's common to take your horse through every once in a while. Not all the time and if they do good it's only once.
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Ya I never actually run my horses at hom emaybe once before a rodeo just to see if there is any issues I need to correct!!
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Well I ment like you wouldn't run a finished horse everyday? Or so I've been told... Idk lol
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As far as the "running a finished horse at home" discussion, it is really going to depend on the horse and the situation.

For example with conditioning: I would RUN my old horse Beau at home. But he usually didn't get hauled hard. So the weeks we weren't going anywhere, I would run him at home once a week to keep those running muscles in shape. Plus he wasn't the hot type, so could actually be ran several times in a row (I never actually did that with him though) and it wouldn't bother him.

But some horses you can't make multiple runs on, especially at home.

As another example, some horses run better the more they ARE run. An example would be some of the ladies that run at the NFR. I believe that Sherry Cervi often says that Stingray runs better the more runs you make on her. So she'll progressively get faster and faster as the rounds go on. Point being, you possibly could apply this to making a run at home a couple days before a big race, to have your horse tuned up. If that happens to be what works best for that horse.

And then there are some finished horses where you DON'T run at home.

It's just a matter of knowing what your horse needs, as every horse will be different.

But correct: You don not want to RUN a horse every single day. That's just too hard on their bodies, even if the horse's mind can handle it.
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OK, maybe some clarification needs to be made on my end. I and those I know won't run a FULL pattern when at home. We may run all 3 barrels, but walk home. Or may run them on 1 & 3, but not 2. That way you can work on what needs to be worked on w/o souring the pattern.

We will let them open up from time to time, but not in a pattern at home. Your horse is either fast or it's not, no amt of running a pattern at home is going to fix that.

Trotting is really the best way to condition them. If you feel your horse won't get pattern sour by running at home, by all means go for it. My way is not the only nor the best, it's just been my experience.
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