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        06-18-2012, 10:15 PM

    Well I've been running barrels on the same horse for about 5 years now and he is ready to be retired. He's 18, and he isn't running out of gas but he's just been very stubborn lately. I have a young mare that I need to start but I just don't know how to let go of the horse im running now. I like the way he runs, the way he listens to me and how he turns. Is there any way that I can make the transition between the two horses easier on myself?
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        06-18-2012, 10:44 PM
    Lol. In the same seat right now. I have decided that I will take my younger horse with me and use her in novice classes, where I will run my old guy in the points division this year. I am hoping witha lot of work, she will be ready to take over the points class next year. It is super hard to let go of the horse you know how to run, and you get along with. Hopefully though, you begin to like your new horse too and start wanting to take her places and do more with.
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        06-19-2012, 03:12 AM
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    Start riding them both frequently..While you may be connected more with the older horse you'll start a transition phase between the two, that way it won't be going from one to the other..You can still keep both in shape but also start to get more comfortable with the mare.. It's also extremely good for barrel racers, or really any rider, to ride different style horses. It makes you a better rider..

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