Barrel prospect critique please (Pic heavy sorry)

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    07-20-2012, 11:28 AM
Barrel prospect critique please (Pic heavy sorry)

Here is my 4yo paint mare, my husband bought her for me because I want to start barrel racing again. Do you think she qualifies, or is she missing something or need to bulk up??
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Sorry in advance if the pics are huge!! Its also nearly impossible to get her to stand square or still for 5sec for a pic. Hope these are enough!
Thank you!
P.S. If you like you can guess what breed(s) she is (besides a paint), since I don't know much of her history. Her last owner thought QH, but i'm not too sure.
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    07-20-2012, 01:40 PM
What level of barrel racing do you plan to compete in?

This particular horse will probably do decent in local shows...if you train her right.

She's not very balanced body wise. She is very front heavy and I think you'll have a difficult time getting her to use her hind end properly. I like to see the butt a little heavier then the front on barrel horses. They way they stop and turn, they must know how to get down and dirty.

She's a pretty girl. I personally don't think shell ever be a 1d/2d horse, but she sure could be a lot of fun! And with barrel horses, you have to take baby steps. You can't just jump on an amazing horse when you've been out of the game for so long. It takes time to build back up.

I would do lots of long and low/long trotting to build up her booty. Lots of backing. And get her using her butt and hindquarters really well. She should tone up and build muscle with consistent work.

And what a nice husband you having...buying you horses. Lol. Lucky.
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    07-20-2012, 03:33 PM
I'm not sure what level, i've been out of the game since I was 12. I never really placed just wanted to do it for fun. My friend made it to finals last year,and placed for them already this year. I saw her mare once, and she's shorter and much stockier than my girl.
I ride her around bareback, and wow she can move when she wants to, its getting her to enjoy doing so, and not being so fearful of me falling off, that's a concern for her LOL.
That's a great idea, her stopping isn't quite perfect, but she can turn. She's unseated me on accident twice now. I know its going to take some time to build her up to it, and myself again. She gets better and better everyday, she's a fast learner and smart too, sometimes too smart for her own good. About how long do you figure it takes for one to get the basics down?? I've been looking around for a good trainer in my area to help or send her out to. Since I don't have what I need to do this on my own.
Yeah, he got her for me, then he got a colt off of his dad for himself. I might be showing him when he gets older too LOL.
    07-20-2012, 03:43 PM
It takes years to train a barrel horse. Before I even start a horse on the barrel pattern, they should be able to....
Walk, trot, canter when cued. That includes walk-canter transitions. I want an immediate response.
Soft and supple in the bridle.
Work off leg cues. I stay off my horses faces as much as possible.
Rollbacks, leg yields, side passing and a good whoa.

The horse must be well conditioned as well. Can't go out and run a marathon without training for it,

Just getting those basics down can take 3 months on the early side and as much as a year or more on the long side.

Then we introduce the patterns. And I start off very slow. I don't start loping the pattern for months. Usually after 60 days I can move onto loping in between barrels, but not around them.

Takes about 1 year before I'm getting solid, consistent runs and working at a high lope. During the 2nd year, I'll start adding speed.

Don't push her before she's ready. You'll ruin her.
    07-20-2012, 03:47 PM
She's soooooooooooo cute .. and her marking make it hard to look at her confo, imo. But I love her.

Barrel racing is a percentage of conf... but also requires heart. Have fun with what you are doing and if your mare and yourself enjoy it, that's what matters!
    07-20-2012, 03:52 PM
Awesome advice thank you. I wanted to ask a pro before I did anything at all. So far still trying to find a bit she'll be comfortable in, in halter she does good walk to trot, trot to walk. Understands leg and seat cues better than anything. Whoa is still something she's getting the hang of, unless your on the ground. I don't know how to train a horse to do a rollback. I think i'll seek some professional help with this, when I feel she's ready. Thank you again
    07-20-2012, 03:54 PM
Thanks texasgal. She loves to go, its just getting her confident that i'm not going to fall off when she does it. She has a lot of heart, she tries so hard for me, even when I ask the smallest of things. She's definitely my heart horse.
    07-20-2012, 04:14 PM
Does she always have that bulge/dip behind her front leg by the girth area? I can't tell which it is. Or is it just the picture (on the last picture)
    07-20-2012, 09:09 PM
That's just the pic, she has a bulge at the base of her neck above her chest from an injury from when she was a baby. It doesn't affect her in any way, its just a fleshy type scar (had the vet check it) you can see it in the 3rd pic, and somewhat in the first pic.

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