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post #1 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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What's your horses temperament?

What are your horses temperaments like? Are they pretty relaxed at races or do they get hot?

JJ is the hotter type horse that gets worked up easier. So at races I get on about 15-20 minutes before my run so I can warm him up good but also not on so long that he gets chargy and on the muscle. He is the horse that KNOWS what he is there for. I like to head and sit at the arena when it is my drag so he can settle down and get focused, then maybe walk a few circles. The quieter I am the less he gets wound up. If he starts getting hot and fidgety at the gate I will take him to a few races and go make him stand and do a few trotting exhibitions to get him leveled out to where I feel he is going to focus better and not get worked up.

Now Scrat is very laid back and isn't wound as tight as JJ and doesn't get worked up over little things and enjoys standing and watching all the other horses go. And when he starts running more he I'm sure is going to be pretty laid back while we wait and such.

so what about your horses?

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post #2 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 05:08 PM
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Well, my 11 year old heading/barrel racing mare would probably rate at about a 7 or 8 (10 being hot)... she's a little crazy.

And my 4 year old is probably a 6, I can get her fired right up, but then she'll walk on loose rein for me in a split second.

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 05:48 PM
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Walks in calmly, runs/does her job, walks out calmly.
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 06:55 PM
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Link is calm and laid back. He just gets chargy going in the gate wanting to go
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 07:31 PM
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well my mare is the true definition of a mare/diva.
she is not what I would call a "hot" barrel horse but she has her moments.
she knows he job and knows when its time to work but most of the time she stays pretty level headed about it...there have been a few times where she will over excite herself and wanna act nutty but so long as I stay calm and firm she will settle down and behave....I have notice she has gotten a little worse in her older age :/ but I love that dang mare!

Penney (my mare that I talked about above) works best at shows if she is left alone for the most part.....she does not need to be exhibition or warmed up a lot...I try to get there at least 30 min before the show starts that way I can warm her up a good bit then let her rest while exhibition going on and then get on her about 5 min before I run her and walk her around until its our turn...she seems to do the best when I do that.
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 08:14 PM
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Selena is not hot. At all. She doesn't get strong. I can walk in the arena on a loose rein and leave on one too. Granted she hasn't been ran very much but I can't even imagine her ever getting hot. She's just not that type.

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post #7 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 08:24 PM
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Nikki is a hot horse..She will get hoppy but not crazy and uncontrollable. Its not a pissy hot..just a "mama lets go. I want to work." Hot. She gets hotter the more runs we have during the day. I warm her up slow and keep her away from the arena until its our turn.... Lark is my laid back horse. She's pretty chill and calm at shows but when you get in the alleyway you better hold on.

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-06-2012, 08:53 PM
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Mine are all relaxed until it's time to run. We all stand around and watch other horses run and when it's our turn, we get ready to go into the gate and we start prancing. Sometimes I need a lead in because they won't get moving and start tossing their heads and hopping around. Once we hit the arena, Chilly is good, she gets directly where I need her and let her run. Avalanche was tougher last year, she just wanted to turn and run and I needed her to be set up better so it was a struggle. We prance out of the arena after our run, walk back to the trailer and chill until the next event.

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post #9 of 15 Old 04-07-2012, 08:59 AM
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My horse is really calm, but I do need to led him stand on or by the trailer until about 15 minutes before our run. He knows why he's there and he loves his job! LOL I lope some circles and then have to make him stand quietly beside the alley... Then, my mom walks me in most of the way so that he can be calm and collected. Once we see the barrels, then he's GONE. After we come out, he hops around a little bit, but settles right back down.

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post #10 of 15 Old 04-07-2012, 10:57 AM
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Red is really laid back. I'm really pleased at how well he was trained. When we are warming up I do feel him get a bit more jiggy, but that's okay because he's still under control. He'll walk to the gate, and take off when I tell him. He doesn't like to just walk right out though, so I have to slow him down gradually after we come out of the gate.

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