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post #1 of 11 Old 09-02-2009, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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wanted to know ur opinion on..

making my horse faster.. I do events such as barrel racing and stuff on her but she tends to take her time on them and I don't know how to make her go any faster! So I was wondering what you guy's would recommend on makin her pick up the pace.
I've been told taking her out in a field with another rider and race them, and let her win, but I'm not sure it'll work. Should I let her stay her pace and use my other horse for gymkhana events? Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-03-2009, 01:12 AM
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I would not advise racing her against other horses. I did that in my youth and ended up with a monster of a horse that is hot and prancy all the time. I would suggest that you take her out to a large field and ask her for the lope, then keep up the pressure and ask for the gallop. If she has never been ran before, sometimes it takes a while for a horse to really figure out how to run under saddle and with a rider. However, some horses are just not meant to be speed horses whether it is due to personality or breeding. So long as you establish a solid cue for her to run, then she should be willing to give all she has.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-03-2009, 02:18 AM
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I have no experience barrel racing, but I would say get her going in a wide open space, where you don't have to worry about tight turns/obstacles. That would help your galloping confidence with her.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks that sounds alot better then galloping against another horse. I'll work on it hopefully when I get home.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 12:05 PM
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Proper conditioning. Work on long forward trots and some short sprinting. (Make sure you work up slowly depending on her current state)
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 02:26 PM
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Let me tell you a little story. Years ago, before I purchased T, I would take her around the barrel pattern for a change of pace. She did it, at whatever gait I asked for.

Months later, a friend let me take her barrel racing horse around the pattern. Well let me tell you it was like riding a rocket! It was than that I realized that T did as I asked her, but her heart was not in it. My friends horses heart and soul was in barrel racing and I felt it.

Maybe your horse just isn't cut out to be a barrel racing horse. Maybe it's talents lay elsewhere, nothing wrong with that.

Good luck to you both.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Cheyenne just seems so versatile. I've jumped with her, done gymkahna and showed her. I have never worked her on cows but I think if I did she would probably try her best, the only thing is she is built downhill and this conflicts with the movement she has to make. I've been working with her alot and her trot use to be really bouncy, its now controlled and an even movement. I'll try to get a video of it to show u what its like. Although my friend said I make her look alot smoother then she is haha.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 01:44 PM
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Downhill confo is actually fairly desirable as far as cow horses go. My guy is built slightly downhill and he does great with cows and barrels. Looking forward to seeing your video :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-14-2009, 10:02 PM
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Id also like to comment on the "heart" of a horse...we have a horse named Candy who is a 14.1 hh grade QH. She runs her heart out and loves the barrels. My boss' daughter is borrowing her for barrel racing and she actually scared the girl cause she takes off like a bullet but is not going to hurt you. then they also have a reg QH named bailey who has done barrels all her life (well since shes been ridden lol) and they have to use one of those long leather whip things that attach to the saddle and she barely runs but anyways the point is every horse is different in what they like to do. Kinda like ppl. here is an example: if you go to a local soccer game and watch the kids you can always tell what kids have the heart to play and the ones that kinda just do it.

NOT SAYING that your horse doesnt have the heart, it could be a confidence thing or a conditioning thing but its just something else to take into consideration ya know
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-23-2009, 04:31 PM
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i had a gelding do that to me when i was training him for barrels. i found that the reason was confidence in his turns. he didnt feel safe turning as fast and as hard as i wanted so i slowed him down and really payed attention to his turns. i took him off the pattern and worked on running him down a straight fence line and then setting down and turning him into it. this allowed him to learn how to gain control of him self therefor he became much more confident and will run as hard as you want now. your horse may be like that as well. but if you do this dont start out running. start at a walk and show the horse what you are wanting. stop and back the horse up before you ask him to turn into the fence. do this at the trot alot. it is a really good conditioner as well. when loping and running make sure you are on the correct lead at all times as well

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