UN training a barrel horse??
I have recently come into ownership of a wonderful ex-barrel horse (the lady who raced her decided she just didn't have the time anymore). I love her to death, she gets along great with the rest of "the herd" (horse, human, and otherwise)... BUT -- Barrels are all she knows. Her previous owner took her to a show, ran her, took her home and put her up. She has no pleasure/trails/just-to-ride riding. Any time I get on her, she goes from 0 to flat out if I even graze her with my feet, and she spins around everything, light posts, hay feeders in the pasture, the mineral block stand, something in her imagination when there is nothing there... We have a set of barrels set up in one of our smaller pastures that my cousin practices on, and my mare got in there the other day and kept running the pattern by herself. Think I'll be able to "just" ride her, or is this something that is just there? (If it makes a difference, she is 10, and when her previous owner quit running her, she was consistantly running 17-18 second standard patterns...)