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    01-24-2011, 04:20 AM
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Foal
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Hello everyone! Im new to the forum! Im from Emily and im from Kansas! Long story short.... I have ALWAYS wanted to try barrel racing but never really had the opportunity to. My family used to raise horses when I was little but got out of the business and only kept one gelding. But by the time I was old enough to do anything he was to old. So! There came this raffle. One of the local breeders donated a filly to raise money for a girl with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Me thinking oh my god my chance to get a horse of my own bought 65 dollars worth of tickets. Haha And I won her! She was 3 when I won her and she's going to be 4 this summer I think. She was on the small side so we threw her out to lush pasture with the old gelding. And oh my what some time eating green grass did for her! I will show you before and after pics. She's a pretty nice horse I think for only 65 dollars.... haha she's registered and has Doc Bar bloodlines! My father is planning on getting her trained this march. And after that I wanna start teaching her barrels but honestly I've never done it and need some advice! Where do I start? To race barrels do I honestly need a barrel saddle? I have a REALLY nice and really comfortable Circle Y equitation saddle that I bought used for 450 and its in excellent condition. I love trail riding so that's why I got it... I'd probably put myself as an intermediate to advanced rider. Did some schooling at Meredith Manor and had rode before that. The only thing I don't know how to do is how do I get lead changes??? Im planning on getting some of Martha Joseys books and such because I hear they are great?....Sorry for all the questions in one! I'd appreciate any advice!

Thanks
~JerBear
When we first picked her up
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Fairly recent picture here. I went off to school so I havent seen her in about 7 months or more. My father says she's gotten a lot bigger since! So hopefully she looks even better!
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    01-24-2011, 07:45 AM
  #2
Weanling
Honestly, if you have no experience in barrel racing, the best thing to do is to get yourself a good accomplished trainer to help.
     
    01-24-2011, 02:04 PM
  #3
Yearling
Well I have a horse I started my self. He's doing really good. He loves the barrels. But for you, you need to learn some things about barrel racing. Look on the internet and learn on it until your horse has been trained. Then you can start off slow and easy. You don't always need a trainer.
     
    01-24-2011, 03:28 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks but a trainer is out of the question for me. Money is an issue. Im sure I could learn from videos and books just fine. Just wanted some actual pointers from people.
     
    01-24-2011, 05:17 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Jerbear i'm in the same problem as you. Lucky for me though I know people who have barrels set up and just let me play around on their stuff. And the local rodeo will leave stuff from previous events up and you can go practice there. Like they'll leave the poles up from pole bending or the barrels up.

I think the most important thing is not to ever do alot of loping when training for barrels. And mix it up. You don't want her to become hot. Just work the barrels at a walk and trot.
     
    01-24-2011, 05:35 PM
  #6
Showing
If a trainer is out of question, do lots of reading and watching videos on starting barrel racers. They need to be started the same as any other horse, if you used to raise horses that shouldn't be a problem. Once the horse is solidly broke to w/t/c, start work with leads, serpentines, circles, etc. Balance is crucial, as are your leads. You don't want to be on the horse who stands in the gate rearing and falling over backward because he can't stand still and won't listen to you. At the county fair, we had 3 horses in 4-H gymkhana who were excused before they got in the arena because they couldn't be safely led into the gate. The approach to avoid this is to see the barrel pattern as a simple pattern, not a speed race. Start walking it, then jog it, moving into a slow canter, back to a jog, and when your horse is listening you can move up to a slow gallop. The best trainers only go full-speed through the pattern at the show, or else it makes them messy and they're more likely to knock over barrels and misbehave.
     
    01-26-2011, 10:06 AM
  #7
Banned
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Originally Posted by BuckOff41570    
Honestly, if you have no experience in barrel racing, the best thing to do is to get yourself a good accomplished trainer to help.
absolutely agree. If a trainer is out of the question, I recomend Dena Kirkpatricks DVDs or Sheri Cervis :)
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Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy    
Well I have a horse I started my self. He's doing really good. He loves the barrels. But for you, you need to learn some things about barrel racing. Look on the internet and learn on it until your horse has been trained. Then you can start off slow and easy. You don't always need a trainer.
Um...no...dont look on the internet.
You can ask for help, but alot of people don't know what theyre doing.
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Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
Jerbear i'm in the same problem as you. Lucky for me though I know people who have barrels set up and just let me play around on their stuff. And the local rodeo will leave stuff from previous events up and you can go practice there. Like they'll leave the poles up from pole bending or the barrels up.

i think the most important thing is not to ever do alot of loping when training for barrels. And mix it up. You don't want her to become hot. Just work the barrels at a walk and trot.
That is irrelevant to a horse becoming hot, if you lope or not.


When starting a horse, PROPER consistent repetition is key at a walk, trot and finally lope.
If you have trouble at any gait knock it back down a speed.

The most important thing though, is making sure your horse has a good foundation BEFORE you put her on barrels. Be able to pivot, engage/disengage hinquarters, shoulder/ribcage control...lead changes...collection...stopping etc.

Im excited for you!!! :)
Barrel racing is addictive Lol.
     
    01-26-2011, 11:05 AM
  #8
Yearling
Well actually theres many options.

Real people that barrel race, book, videos, DVDs, Internet. If you look on youtube there are instructors on how to barrel race. And I mean the professionals.

Where I live I couldn't believe how many people use to barrel race. I had three teachers that barrel raced when they where younger.

Books, I got books from our library and read about barrel racing.

I like Dina Kirkpatrick a lot and Tammy Fischer.
     
    01-26-2011, 11:29 AM
  #9
Banned
I doubt Dena or Sherris DVD lessons are on the internet, unless someone recorded them and posted them.

They might have a youtube series or something, but the real pros sell DVD sets for money.


OP-hopefully you can take lessons, or get a more knowledgeable individual to help you. Hands on experience is the best learning resource.
Even if you read books..watch DVDs etc...no one will be there to correct you...or give you advice/help.

Maybe save up for lessons?
     
    01-27-2011, 03:52 PM
  #10
Foal
Thanks for all the advice! I do have one I'd like to be answered though. Do I really need an actual barrel saddle? Like I mean does it help you stay on a lot better?
     

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