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post #11 of 19 Old 01-10-2011, 06:12 PM
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I agree. Be very careful working him on barrels with the ground you have -- even just trotting. That ground is VERY hard with no footing whatsoever. He can very easily slip; even at the trot.

He does look like he opens up and streches quite nicely when asked to run. Looks very similar to my gelding, who is also a paint (but no color) and is also 16.1 hands. His turning style is different than most and he looks slow in his times because he is so big, but he sure clocks time! We won the 1D a few times this summer which is the best we've ever done. I was so proud of him! He just eats up the ground when he runs because he's got a huge stride.

So I think he looks like he would do very nicely for barrels. And it sounds like you've got a nice slow, solid start on him if you are still only trotting after 3 months and that's SUPER! He's going to have a solid pattern under him and not be soured or ruined by being pushed too fast too soon.

As far as poles, if he's like my horse, his size is going to hurt his poles performance. It's a lot easier for a shorter horse to have time to collect up and run through those poles (at least in my experience). However, every horse is a unique individual so you never know until you try!

This is an old picture of my horse and I running, but I like it because you can see how much he is completely using that 16.1 body of his and stretching out!

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-10-2011, 06:18 PM
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Heres my 16 hand SS grandson stretching out.
I took him to a local run just to season him. I opened him up on the way home

If you really want some opinions, post a video of your horse working barrels.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-10-2011, 06:20 PM
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Like everyone else has said, be careful on that footing. You SHOULD be fine, but anything can happen.

He seems like he'd be pretty good at it. He really uses his whole body when running, which is nice. Then again, running in a straight line and running a barrel pattern are two completely different things, so you'll never know until you try.

Main thing is, be patient with him, don't run the pattern everyday, and keep his brain stress free by going out on trails, pole bending, jumping, etc.

Good luck. :)

BTW - he's a very pretty horse. My barrel horse is plain brown, so you're lucky. haha.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-17-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys so much!!! And don't worry, I never did even lope the pattern on him in the grass. Trotting was enough. He was picking up the pattern really nicely. You'd sit down and say easy and he'd whip around that barrel like a pro. I always did slow work with him, and I only worked the pattern once a week, at the most. I was really hoping on one day getting him to the APHA World..

However, his running days are over. He started to get lame, so we had a vet out. Did several nerve blocks up and down his leg, and she sent us to a huuuge vet clinic to have a block done on his shoulder, no help, and when the vet pulled the needle out, he said there was blood in it, which is normaly a sign of arthritis. Okay, thats not bad..one of my best friends has a barrel horse with arthritis and she keeps it in check well. They did xrays on him, and found out at some point in his life, he fractured his left shoulder blade by the joint. It healed well, just wrong. A chip of the bone has slowly grinded away at the joint, causing him pain when he stretches his leg all the way out. The vet told me straight up "his riding days are over"...he's only 7... its not fair :"(

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post #15 of 19 Old 01-17-2011, 10:00 PM
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Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry. He was so great too! I was hoping to see him do the full barrels in the future. No it isn't fair at all. Poor guy he looks like he loves running. :( Do you think his past owners worked him to hard or rode him too young or something and that did the damage? That really sucks.

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His past owners had him trained when he was two, and was riding for a year, then turned out in a pasture for two years with no human contact. He was out with a lot of cows, some mini donkeys and a big blue roan gelding that had a history of kicking. He probably got hurt then, and he just never showed it until now because its grinded down so deep that it does hurt him now. He's been through a lot in th 3 years I owned him; he is a chronic choker and needs his grain wet, and he battled EPM which I am sure didn't help the shoulder at all. Its probably a little bit my fault to..I jumped him and rode him a lot all summer and he was doing perfectly fine for the most part..just a gimp here and there which the vet couldn't find a reason for..we figured it was just muscle memory and thats how he walked since having EPM..I had no idea it was that bad:(

But he's only 7, so he's gonna live a looong happy life the way any horse would want to. FAT AND HAPPY!:) And hopefully he will be able to become a therapy horse:) We'll see how that goes:P

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What a shame :(
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I'd love to help if you could get some photos up- I'm on my school computer(pacyber) and youtube doesn't work :(

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yah! looks great!!
wish the best luck for you both!:)
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