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    05-29-2013, 02:53 AM
  #1
Foal
Training for barrel racing/pole bending

Now that Lakota is being broke to ride, I'm starting to think about his future. My grandparents have been asking me if I want to start showing him later on. I've been thinking about training him for pole bending/barrel racing once he gets some more miles on him.
When did the rest of you start training your green broke horses to pole bend or barrel race?
He's a very fast horse and would be great for speed events. However, he's so level headed with me, I would hate to turn him into a hot-headed barrel horse. So, what do you barrel racers do to make sure your horse doesn't turn into a complete hot head in or out of the arena? I've started horses on the barrel pattern before, but they were completely broke to ride.
Either way, he needs to start earning his keep around here. He's too athletic and pretty to just be a backyard riding horse. Western Pleasure/Trail classes aren't options, because we don't have any in our area.
     
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    05-29-2013, 03:22 AM
  #2
Trained
You've started broke horses before on the pattern....Well, that's just it. Your colt shouldn't be started until he is as broke as the other ones you messed with. It's a lot easier when they are solid on everything.

Also, yes, your horse will probably get hot. There are precautions you can take such as doing exhibitions to keep him thinking slow when you go to a race, and doing lots and lots and LOTS of slow work, but when it comes down to it he will know when it's race time. For me, my level headed kid safe mare turns into a downright pill if I make her wait to run, so I have to get a running start as soon as we get in the arena. She likes it that way and if I hold her and make her wait, she loses the fire she needs to run, and will settle back down after a run.

She's broke, currently being more seasoned, and yes, running barrels made her a hot head. However, it only happens when you get there because she knows what is coming. It doesn't mean she isn't still a sweetheart in the warmup and at home. It's all about mixing it up, doing other things and keeping their minds fresh.

I recommend finding a good trainer to help you.

Good luck.
     
    05-29-2013, 10:32 AM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Jennakaaate    
When did the rest of you start training your green broke horses to pole bend or barrel race?
Never.

You horse should be completely broke before they ever see a barrel or a pole.

If you haven't already done so, I would advise you check out the barrel sticky. It's got lots of great information in it, including what your horse should know before starting them on barrels (I made that post on page 2).
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.

And as sorrelhorse already said, working with a trainer is going to help you greatly, especially if you've never trained a barrel or pole horse before (you didn't say if you have). We can help with what we can over the internet, and you can read books and watch DVDs, but it still cannot replace hands-on training by someone who knows what they are doing.

The most important thing is to not rush into barrels or poles before your horse is ready. You said he has to "earn his keep around here". Well, that's fine and I can understand that, but don't rush him and create problems just for the sake of using him for something.

It takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to train a barrel horse. Most often, it is closer to that 2 year mark.

I use my barrel/pole horses for tons of things, and that's what I do to keep a sound mind in their head. Just this Sunday, I am taking both my 2-yr-old and 7-yr-old to a local low-level horse show. With the 2-yr-old, I'll be doing halter and showmanship classes. It is good for him to experience a show environment early on. The 7-yr-old will be doing: showmanship, halter, western pleasure, reining, competitive trail, barrels, poles, ring race, and keyhole. So he's going to get a mix of slow classes, and a mix of speed classes. I want him to learn that we aren't always going to turn'n'burn in the arena, so he listens to me.

Here's a video of my old barrel horse. Watch how he WALKS into the arena calmly. Yet we still took 4th place out of some tough competition (probably 40 or so entries that day).


And then there's other arenas that I'd do a running start with him and I could barely hold him back because he's ready to go and on the muscle.

How the horse acts plays a big part in what the RIDER is doing. He knew the difference between walk-in-there-calm or hurry-up-and-go.

But that's what I do to keep my barrel horses under control. I do lots of things with them besides barrels.
     
    05-29-2013, 12:35 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Never.

You horse should be completely broke before they ever see a barrel or a pole.

If you haven't already done so, I would advise you check out the barrel sticky. It's got lots of great information in it, including what your horse should know before starting them on barrels (I made that post on page 2).
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.

And as sorrelhorse already said, working with a trainer is going to help you greatly, especially if you've never trained a barrel or pole horse before (you didn't say if you have). We can help with what we can over the internet, and you can read books and watch DVDs, but it still cannot replace hands-on training by someone who knows what they are doing.

The most important thing is to not rush into barrels or poles before your horse is ready. You said he has to "earn his keep around here". Well, that's fine and I can understand that, but don't rush him and create problems just for the sake of using him for something.

It takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to train a barrel horse. Most often, it is closer to that 2 year mark.

I use my barrel/pole horses for tons of things, and that's what I do to keep a sound mind in their head. Just this Sunday, I am taking both my 2-yr-old and 7-yr-old to a local low-level horse show. With the 2-yr-old, I'll be doing halter and showmanship classes. It is good for him to experience a show environment early on. The 7-yr-old will be doing: showmanship, halter, western pleasure, reining, competitive trail, barrels, poles, ring race, and keyhole. So he's going to get a mix of slow classes, and a mix of speed classes. I want him to learn that we aren't always going to turn'n'burn in the arena, so he listens to me.

Here's a video of my old barrel horse. Watch how he WALKS into the arena calmly. Yet we still took 4th place out of some tough competition (probably 40 or so entries that day).

Mandan, North Dakota ND Barrel Racing on Beau - YouTube

And then there's other arenas that I'd do a running start with him and I could barely hold him back because he's ready to go and on the muscle.

How the horse acts plays a big part in what the RIDER is doing. He knew the difference between walk-in-there-calm or hurry-up-and-go.

But that's what I do to keep my barrel horses under control. I do lots of things with them besides barrels.
Thanks so much! It wouldn't be the first time that I've trained a horse to run barrels or poles, but it would be my first time to train a green broke horse. He's the first horse that I've ever trained from the ground up, and he's so good. I just don't want to screw him up, so thanks for telling me your opinion.
Just so everyone knows, I wouldn't start him on barrels for another 2 years and I would have professional help. I guess my idea of "green broke" is different than others'. I still consider a horse green broke until they have 3+ years of riding on them.
Anyway, we have a lot of playdays around here, and I'm thinking about taking him to some of those just to walk around and take in the scenery.
     
    05-29-2013, 01:05 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I think it is a great idea just to get him out. Even I all you do is walk the simple patterns on a time only or something it is a great idea for him to get used to all the commotion around him. I agree with taking it easy and not rushing him, taking it slow is way worth it. :) I second both of sorrel and beau's answers .
     
    05-29-2013, 03:30 PM
  #6
Trained
It seems you have a good head on your shoulders for this :)

As you can probably imagine, we get a LOT of really ignorant people who come on thinking they can just hop on a horse and start running with no problems...Most of which end up with ruined horses.

I'm VERY glad to find out you are not one of them and will be doing things the right way by yourself and the horse. Good luck an post pictures if you can! ^^
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    05-29-2013, 03:55 PM
  #7
Foal
Thank you, Sorrel. I'm open to any suggestions or advice that someone might give me. Because like I said, this is the first time I've trained a horse from the ground up and by no means do I think that I know more than any other rider out there.
The last thing I want to do is ruin my horse.
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    05-29-2013, 04:27 PM
  #8
Foal
Oh, and I will post plenty of pictures when he comes back and we go for our first ride. :)
     

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