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  • what a horse should know before barrel racing
  • what a horse should know before barrel training

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    04-16-2012, 06:46 PM
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Where did you start?

I really want to take up barrel racing lessons this summer, if funds allow me I think I have found a place to take them that is close and seems reputable. I have always been fasinated with the sport and it has always been something I would love to try

Back round on me: I have been riding for about 4 years now, I got my first horse when I was 16 and have gone from there. I pretty much trail ride because that's all I can do at my boarding place, we don't have arenas ect. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a realaxing trail ride But I feel like a need something more

My current horse: I currently have a quarter pony that was started on reining, and then sold to a lady who her daughter used him for barrels I belive when my horse was around 6-8, she sold him to me at the age of 9 because she said he was to fast for her and didnt like him anymore...lol I know the lady that bred him and stay in pretty good contact with her, so I know his past fairly well.

My questions are when did you start/ how did you get into barrel racing? Did you take lessons for it, and if you took lessons did you start with normal riding lessons and move up to barrel lessons? Did you use the lesson horses or your own? And is it possible to bring your own horse to lessons to practice on in the future?

Im not a beginner to the horse world but I am to the barrel world. I understand that it will take time and patients to have a well rounded barrel horse. I by no means want to ruin the horse a already have and love. I have just always loved the sport and really want to give it a try to see if it is something I am as interested as I seem

Any advice would be great thanks a bunch in advance!
     
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    04-16-2012, 07:10 PM
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My questions are when did you start/ how did you get into barrel racing? Did you take lessons for it, and if you took lessons did you start with normal riding lessons and move up to barrel lessons? Did you use the lesson horses or your own? And is it possible to bring your own horse to lessons to practice on in the future?
Well it all started with family friends, I was about 6-7 when I would go over and ride their barrel/rope horses however my parents never let me get into competing. I have been running gymkhana now for about 4-5 years(now 17) with some training but wasn't until feb 2011 that I really started getting good lessons for speed and in general. I have been working with my boy for almost two years now and within the last few months he has definitely stepped it up and I am hoping that by next august we will be heading out to some real races :]. As for bringing your own horse I guess it would depend on your trainer and their rules however don't be afraid to ask them! It might be more beneficial for you to start out on a somewhat seasoned barrel horse just to get the feel of it and not have to worry about training your horse at the same time but eventually I would talk to them about bringing out your horse.

My main tip would to be take it slow and don't let it overwhelm you or the horse. Try out different techniques till you find whats best for you and your horse and don't push too soon :] Goodluck!
     
    04-16-2012, 07:18 PM
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Trained
I started when I went to a horse show and seen the barrel racers. I wanted to do it! That was the sport for me. So I learned the patterns and practiced them at home.

I'm pretty much a self taught rider. I've taken lessons before but less then 15 in my whole life. I watched a TON of videos on training a barrel horse. I had a really laid back paint gelding that I really started competing on. He was fantastic. Then I moved up to a horse that already knew how to run the patterns but needed work because he would hit stuff.

I picked up a lot at shows. I did go to a clinic that was hosted by someone that shows NBHA in my area. She was helpful in my learning experience. The rest is common sense that I use. Trial and error.

When I did take a few lessons, it was when my horses were 2 and being started under saddle, so it was more of learning their buttons. My trainer said I was a natural and had really good horse sense which I am lucky to have. Even though I don't have a lot of "formal" training, I can rock a barrel pattern. Also, if I want to take lessons, I can haul my horse to the trainer's and they will teach a lesson on my horse. Or if I want to use one of their horses, my trainer will ride my horse while I ride hers. It's a great barn!
     
    04-16-2012, 07:19 PM
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It might be more beneficial for you to start out on a somewhat seasoned barrel horse just to get the feel of it and not have to worry about training your horse at the same time but eventually I would talk to them about bringing out your horse.
I really liked that and thought that too, try it on a horse who has been there done that and that I can learn on instead of trying to teach. Do you think it would be a good idea to start with normal lessons then to barrel lessons, or to ask them when I go there to see what they think?
     
    04-16-2012, 07:22 PM
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I watched a TON of videos on training a barrel horse
I find myself on you tube watching barrel training videos for ever! Hahaha

Sometimes I feel to old being 20 to get into barrel racing but for WSCA do they have an age limit?
     
    04-16-2012, 07:24 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by Casey02    
I really liked that and thought that too, try it on a horse who has been there done that and that I can learn on instead of trying to teach. Do you think it would be a good idea to start with normal lessons then to barrel lessons, or to ask them when I go there to see what they think?
I think that completely depends on how good of a rider that you are. If your not the greatest rider, I'd fine tune yourself with regular lessons and then move into barrels.

A barrel horse should know how to:
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop
Whoa
Half-Halt
Side-Pass
Leg Yields
Give To Pressure/Flex
Pick Up The Correct Leads

And YOU should know how to cue all of those things...
     
    04-16-2012, 07:26 PM
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Iv never had anyone to teach me but I am more than willing to learn, I can do most on that list but not all :) that's why I want to start taking lessons!
     
    04-16-2012, 07:28 PM
  #8
Started
How do you ask for the correct lead? And what is a half halt, sorry for the dumb question :( but I would rather know then pretend I do haha
     
    04-16-2012, 07:31 PM
  #9
Weanling
Get a trainer....advice on a forum can't teach you what you need
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    04-16-2012, 07:31 PM
  #10
Trained
Good for you! Okay, What I would do if I was in your shoes. If you have a trainer in mind, give them a call and tell them what your plans are. That you want to get into barrel racing but might need a tune-up of your basic riding skills before hitting the pattern.

Your trainer will be able to help get you to where you want to go. You might spend a few weeks relearning the basics then hit the pattern, or you might spend 6 months learning to correctly ride before ever seeing a pattern, it completely depends on what the trainer thinks your capable of. I'd find a trainer that focuses more on western events, specifically speed events if you can, and see what they have to say!
     

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