I thought about speed events not for me, but for her, because she was bred for it and has a big drive for it. I kid you not, sometimes she will gallop the barrel pattern around my above-ground pasture sprinkler poles when she is in high spirits, when turned out. She walks 80% of the time by herself, so when she does give a happy sprint she will always at least head for a pole or corner full-speed and then make a real b-racer's pivot around it, though I haven't done barrel racing with her ever, she started around 3yo and stopped around 5yo. Someone exhausted her in the ring, popped a colt from her, and sold her off where she was really only manageable as a trail horse as she was a bucking nightmare in the ring (until a GP show jumping trainer picked her up). The drive was so strong that when she was transitioning from western to english six years ago, her grand prix show jumping trainer used barrels and barrel patterns to help train and exercise her. Give her any set of barrels, she knows her way around them. It seemed to me a terrible thing to keep her from doing what she obviously loves to do, as I would note if she does this automatic barrel racing on her own, she must not mind the hocks... (though I would be concerned if the work would worsen the arthritis quickly.) Overall she's a clever, responsive mare, only needing two months to transition from Western bucker to English lesson horse, and I keep a listening ear out for what she may tell me. Sometimes I'm dumbfounded and don't know how to explain her, but hey, that's part of what makes me love her so much <3
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