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post #11 of 78 Old 08-22-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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You seem to be making a big leap from eventing to barrel racing - why not get her riding and then see what she feels like and if you want to be buying English or western tack for her
She is riding, and I do know what she feels like. I have only ridden her western. If I were to do eventing I would be switching her over to english with a trainer of mine.

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post #12 of 78 Old 08-22-2014, 11:00 PM
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Have you considered doing some basic dressage with her then - that would be a good place to start
What about something like horse agility/trail riding competitions if you wanted to stay western - or maybe western or cowboy dressage?
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post #13 of 78 Old 08-22-2014, 11:04 PM
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Morgan's are game little horses, and a good one will do pretty much anything you ask of her. If she bores easily, I think Western Trail would be a great competition event for her. Every obstacle course has the potential to be filled with new things and some can be quite as challenging as eventing, if not as fast or high!

And just think of how much fun you could have in prepping her.... I'd love to ride a horse through a ravine filled with balloons!
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post #14 of 78 Old 08-22-2014, 11:23 PM
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man, I would LOVE to ride her! I bet she's a great lil' trail horse, with plenty of go and all.
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post #15 of 78 Old 08-23-2014, 08:48 AM
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She is very cute. I am a fan of Morgans and how versatile they are. I think she would be ok, but not great at barrels. Her longish back and smaller hindquarters would not be very good for that sport either. However with that said, why not start training in a few different things and see what you and she like best?

Unrelated, but I would suggest getting a better fitting halter for her (or buckling it higher). She could easily get a foot through the noseband on this one, even while hand grazing.
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post #16 of 78 Old 08-23-2014, 10:59 AM
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Too bad you are giving up on eventing so easily. The lower levels are very easy and your horse could do it just fine. Size is no obstacle, especially at that level.

If your horse gets bored easily, she will enjoy the overall variety and freedom she will have in eventing. Barrel racing? Not so much, IMO. I used to barrel race as a kid, but I got bored.......
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post #17 of 78 Old 08-23-2014, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Jaydee- I have considered doing some basic dressage with her, and I think I will, I just can't say when I will get around to it. Since I will be having my trainer help me train her that. And atm we don't even have a trailer. But one day I will get to it. Also, I sadly do not like trail riding enough to compete in it. I like a relaxed trail ride here and there after schooling, or just to change things up and relax. But I have no desire to compete on it.

Change- Unfortuently I just don't like trail enough to compete in it.

Tinyliny- Aww! She is a great horse, on the trails and in schooling. She takes care of her rider, regardless of their experience. She is about fearless out on trails, observant but fearless. And yes haha, the go button is very pushable. She will go as fast for as long as you want. I enjoy a relaxing trail ride on her, here and there. She is a ton of fun on them. I just don't want that to be what we compete in.

Tryst- Thank you! I wish someone would just say "I could so see her doing ____" but the blank not being competetive trail/endurance etc. And about the halter, yes it is too big. It fit when I bought it for her, and over time it stretched out. She is never turned out or stalled with it on. I don't have the extra money to go out and get another atm, so I am just really careful and use a rope halter on her that I can make smaller then I can get the normal halter.

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post #18 of 78 Old 08-23-2014, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Too bad you are giving up on eventing so easily. The lower levels are very easy and your horse could do it just fine. Size is no obstacle, especially at that level.

If your horse gets bored easily, she will enjoy the overall variety and freedom she will have in eventing. Barrel racing? Not so much, IMO. I used to barrel race as a kid, but I got bored.......
Can you tell me about the lower levels please? Jumps? Height? Etc.

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Pre entry is usually cross rails and small logs. About 18 - 24". No water or anything crazy. Entry level is 2'9 usually the intro to steps, water and small drops. You will do basic fences like logs, hanging logs, skinnys, benches. Nothing to crazy. Pre training is 3' and this is when they add in combinations, jumping into water, multiple steps.. It gets a bit trickier. Personally I love entry level for a just enjoying a lower level horse. It has all the fun parts of cross country without getting to crazy or competitive. It's for people who want to go out and have fun.

However I'm the crazy person currently looking for an FEI potential because I have a death wish lol
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Pre entry is usually cross rails and small logs. About 18 - 24". No water or anything crazy. Entry level is 2'9 usually the intro to steps, water and small drops. You will do basic fences like logs, hanging logs, skinnys, benches. Nothing to crazy. Pre training is 3' and this is when they add in combinations, jumping into water, multiple steps.. It gets a bit trickier. Personally I love entry level for a just enjoying a lower level horse. It has all the fun parts of cross country without getting to crazy or competitive. It's for people who want to go out and have fun.

However I'm the crazy person currently looking for an FEI potential because I have a death wish lol
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What is Pre entry? And entry? Etc. Sorry, this is all new and confusing to me

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