Here's a little background on what I have been up to:
For those of you who don't know me, I'm 15 and I've been riding kind of odd ball horses since probably second grade. I bought my first horse back in sixth grade maybe. Now I have ridden a good amount, but hadn't had any formal lessons until recently.
I've wanted to get into barrel racing for along time, but never had the money for a decent horse or lessons. Well my boyfriend's dad has now decided to help me, he is paying his friend to give me and his daughter lessons. And he said when we prove we have the determination and responsibility he will buy us whatever horse we want lol.
So I've grown a lot more confident in only the past few weeks of lessons. I came across a horse on craigslist who I like quite a lot. He's a pretty solid 3D and 4D barrel horse, with potential to go higher the more he is hauled.
My question is what should I do when test riding?
What I plan to do is catch him, clean his feet and all that. I'll tack him myself. I obviously am going to w/t/l in circles both directions.. trot and lope figure-eights. Do stops, backing, roll backs. See if he will go straight from a roll back into a lope or anything of that nature. Side-Passes, half-passes making sure he works of my legs well. Maybe trot him around the barrels. My barrel racing trainer will be with me, and I'll have her actually run him on the barrels.
What else should I do? :)
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