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    04-21-2012, 06:38 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
I was born into a ranching/racing/rodeo family that has been riding for generations. I started ridin and rodeoing when I was 2 1/2 and am 18 now. So I was lucky to be born into a horse involved family. My parents breed, raise, and train barrel and pole horses
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uh, I am sooooo jealous!! I am 26 and have only been riding for a short time and mostly due to my own stubborn will as no one in my family, my friends, or my husband's family are into horses. After I recovered from my son's delivery ( he is 2) I was absolutely set on taking lessons so I found a place - not close by- and went. I just only got my first horse last month and I too would love to run barrels. I rode the pattern a few times on lesson horses and my horse has a background in barrels, but . . . Man, if at 20 ur feeling old, all hope is lost for me
     
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    04-22-2012, 11:39 AM
  #22
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Barrelracinglvr- im so jealous to! My family could careless about my horse and know one in my boyfriends family is into horses either. I feel so left out but in reality I think they are missing out :)

Ryeding4me- good for you, and sticking to your dreams :) im suprised hubby agreed to a horse ahaha! Im jealous you can take lessons!
     
    04-22-2012, 01:52 PM
  #23
Trained
Others have given you great advice so I'll tell you how I got started in the sport.

I started competing when I was 3 in lead line classes. I still have my high point buckles from the gymkhanas :) When I was old enough to ride by myself I ran in the peewee classes on Jester, (We even got featured in a local magazine in an artciel titled "choosing your child's first horse" ) then eventually I had to go to Junior and borrowed my trainers horses because Jester wasn't really fast enough to keep up with the others. That led to a LOT of horse swapping, a lot of changing, and well eventually also led to me deciding I wanted to train barrel horses for the rest of my life. I LOVE all the other disciplines I tried and would love to still ride them, but this is my main focus now.
     
    04-23-2012, 10:50 AM
  #24
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I bet there was a lot of horse swapping especially if you started so young! What horse did you end up sticking to for a while?
     
    04-23-2012, 11:03 AM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Casey02    
I bet there was a lot of horse swapping especially if you started so young! What horse did you end up sticking to for a while?
Well when I first became eligible for the Junior class I started the first season on Jester and literally came dead last in every race (Except keyhole, we were good at keyhole). So I borrowed a horse named Tey-Kiro who was my trainer's horse. She was nuts. I finished the season out on her and then gave her back, I couldn't stand her but we did fairly well. I then took on a horse named Jasper for the next season. He was sweet but he was a lease, at the end of the season I had to give him back. So instead I ran the young horses my trainer was training (Since clients can pay to have their horses taken to shows and whatnot) while I also ran my older gelding named Rebel and my old mare Annie on the side. After that I settled on a horse named Bailey. I don't have Bailey anymore (She was also a lease) and I had her around for about 9 months of this year. We bought Ruger (Our 3yr old) as a project and he's coming along well and my "Finished" (Not really lol) horse now is Selena who I expect to keep me going til I graduate and have to leave her. She's a finished reiner/cowhorse but has only been on barrels a little bit. She's a little firecracker though, solid 4D at the moment, getting faster.

Haha, I feel so ridiculous reading that back to myself Don't most people only ride one or two horses?
     
    04-23-2012, 03:23 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Well when I first became eligible for the Junior class I started the first season on Jester and literally came dead last in every race (Except keyhole, we were good at keyhole). So I borrowed a horse named Tey-Kiro who was my trainer's horse. She was nuts. I finished the season out on her and then gave her back, I couldn't stand her but we did fairly well. I then took on a horse named Jasper for the next season. He was sweet but he was a lease, at the end of the season I had to give him back. So instead I ran the young horses my trainer was training (Since clients can pay to have their horses taken to shows and whatnot) while I also ran my older gelding named Rebel and my old mare Annie on the side. After that I settled on a horse named Bailey. I don't have Bailey anymore (She was also a lease) and I had her around for about 9 months of this year. We bought Ruger (Our 3yr old) as a project and he's coming along well and my "Finished" (Not really lol) horse now is Selena who I expect to keep me going til I graduate and have to leave her. She's a finished reiner/cowhorse but has only been on barrels a little bit. She's a little firecracker though, solid 4D at the moment, getting faster.

Haha, I feel so ridiculous reading that back to myself Don't most people only ride one or two horses?
I don't know I ride any horse I can get on!
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    04-23-2012, 05:26 PM
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Oh my! Lol how are you going to give up selena? Isnt she your main horse?
     

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