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post #1 of 15 Old 10-31-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of barrel racing??? Please Help!

So I just purchased a gelding who is 5. I have been trying to figure out what discipline to get him into... He has racing bloodlines. At first I was thinking reining, but quite a few people tell me his front legs are to straight. Any opinions? I have had quite a few tell me that he would be good for barrels due to his bloodlines. Any info would be appreciated! Thank you! (O and sorry for all the pictures, but wasn't sure which ones would be best to use)
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-31-2012, 08:09 AM
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I think more importantly it's what you want to do. I see no reason why your horse couldn't do barrels, but don't just get into them because your friends say that's what he'd be good at. Never know anything until you try it.
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Racing bloodlines doesn't mean he can do barrels. You will have to see how he works under saddle. A good barrel horse needs to be able to flex and turn, and move away from pressure, but be fast and agile. Some race horses can and do well in barrels, some are too clunky moving in the turns. Some big horses do grat with barrels, some little horses can blow thru turns and move fast.
Depends on the horse and also depends who does the preliminary barrel work, that makes a HUGE difference.
Just being able to run a pattern on a horse doesn't make it a barrel horse like some think, there is lots and lots of training involved to make a GREAT barrel horse. When I see photos of people running their barrel horses and the head is in the air, nose turned up around the barrels, being yanked around the barrel it makes me cringe. Instead of turned into the barrel, nose down and giving to the bit, hind quarters pushing around the barrel , that's a trained horse.
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I agree with wyominggrandma, there is a lot of foundation training that goes into getting a horse ready to breeze the pattern and run. There is nothing wrong with trying though! You will never know until you try :) Don't just jump into it though and start trying to run run run. Try and get with someone that has experience in the barrel racing world, attend a clinic, or watch some educational videos online. On Youtube, Fallon Taylor puts on some great educational training videos that help you understand some of the foundation work and exercises that it takes to get a horse on the pattern.

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So I just purchased a gelding who is 5. I have been trying to figure out what discipline to get him into... He has racing bloodlines. At first I was thinking reining, but quite a few people tell me his front legs are to straight. Any opinions? I have had quite a few tell me that he would be good for barrels due to his bloodlines. Any info would be appreciated! Thank you! (O and sorry for all the pictures, but wasn't sure which ones would be best to use)
Who ever told you that his legs were to straight was a jelous ******! It is good to have a straightlegged horse! And make sure you start him slow because he's never done barrels before and any little mistake could ruin his whole carear!
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I would say barrels
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-19-2012, 10:34 AM
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Barrels can be fun! But give a few different things a try, you'd be surprised what you may come to like and what he may actually be good at. My Arabian was a die hard barrel horse, but wow could he move in dressage too. Never thought that day would come, lol. You guy is one gorgeous horse though!

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I would actually consider reining, his legs look fine for it, he might not be a superstar but reining is one of the best things you can teach a horse, they learn to listen to your body cues on a loose rein and WHOA! As for barrel racing, his legs might not stay straight, I've seen many horses become crippled from it. And I know that horses can become crippled from almost any discipline, but a lot are barrel racers. His bloodlines don't have to reflect what he does, even though they help. I'm sorry, nothing against barrel racers, but I've been there and there are a lot of Yahoo's who don't know how to ride so they just have a horse who is a hot mess and has a big bit in with spurs and whips, not fun... Sad:((
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I would actually consider reining, his legs look fine for it, he might not be a superstar but reining is one of the best things you can teach a horse, they learn to listen to your body cues on a loose rein and WHOA! As for barrel racing, his legs might not stay straight, I've seen many horses become crippled from it. And I know that horses can become crippled from almost any discipline, but a lot are barrel racers. His bloodlines don't have to reflect what he does, even though they help. I'm sorry, nothing against barrel racers, but I've been there and there are a lot of Yahoo's who don't know how to ride so they just have a horse who is a hot mess and has a big bit in with spurs and whips, not fun... Sad:((
If you care for your horse they won't get crippled....it is the weekend warriors who grab their horses and decide to run them without properly training them for it. THAT is where you get issues and ruined horses....not from barrel racing itself.

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If you care for your horse they won't get crippled....it is the weekend warriors who grab their horses and decide to run them without properly training them for it. THAT is where you get issues and ruined horses....not from barrel racing itself.
Exactly! Barrel racing is strenuous work and these horses need to be legged up, you can't just pluck them out of the pasture, run them and expect them to hold up. THAT's how "barrel horses" end up crippled. Same can be said for eventers, jumpers, reiners, any strenuous discipline.

To the OP, what level are you wanting to show? If you just want to do low-level, fun shows...your horse (conformation wise) can do pretty much anything from barrels to reining to HUS. It depends how far you want to go with it. Typically, any horse can do any discipline low level...get some better pictures (side shots with the horse squared up) and ask for a confo critique/what he'd be good at. The right conformation (for the discipline), attitude and training is what makes a horse great at it.

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