Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I agree. She is 17 and IMO she should be thinking about living a slower life at this stage not starting a strenuous barrel racing regime.
I understand she has been somewhere that has obviously taken a toll on her weight but still, she is in a condition that will take some time to get her fit again.
If it were me (and I know its not) but I would leave her to live out her older days and maybe work on getting a younger horse if you are keen on barrel racing.
At the risk of sounding too harsh, I don't believe any full on training etc should happen at all with her. But im an old softy and maybe I baby my older horses too much but I believe that once that reach that age and have done so much for us, its time to do something for them. I like easy, leisurely riding for older horses.
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"