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post #1 of 8 Old 02-24-2014, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Big Decision- need some advice!

I lease a small quarter horse and ride two days a week, we mainly work on barrel racing and go to barrel races. We don't necessarily win but I love it and getting close to the western rodeo feel.

I've also been helping with the training of a 3 y/o Tennessee Walking Horse named Flicka... just yesterday her owner offered to give me the filly as she has no time and is having medical problems. She'd stay at her current barn (where I also volunteer for equestrian special olympics). I adore her and her frisky self. What a once in a life time opportunity!

I can afford one horse. Having time is not an issue. I cant decide if I want to share a horse and continue barrel racing, or own my very own horse and have more choices and freedom with her. Also, with a Tennessee Walker, what 'job' could I give her? I have experience but also have help readily available if needed.

Basically a choice between a challenge in becoming a better barrel racer or a challenge in owning and working with a young horse (which is what I'm leaning towards). And any advice/ info on TWH's would be greatly appreciated :)

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-24-2014, 08:56 PM
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if you can, you could perhaps train the TWH and sell her in a couple of years, and then get the barrel horse you want?

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-25-2014, 01:33 AM
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It's one of those choices you have to make for yourself. If you seriously want to pursue barrel racing as your discipline it wouldn't really be the best idea to get a horse that has no aptitude for it, if you can only own one horse.

However, if you're not that serious about barreling and would be happy just riding about and doing other stuff, then this horse could be right for you.

It depends what your priorities are.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-25-2014, 08:53 AM
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Once trained Flicka and after some mileage Flicka may be able to do barrels ina few years. You could also trail train her - how many people have you heard are sad because their horse is too awesome on be trail?

I leased a gaited TWH-mutt when I was a teen and he some fierce barrels and did all the games. Couldn't jump worth beans but he would go anywhere I wanted and try so hard at everything.
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can you afford the medical problems?
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can you afford the medical problems?
I think it's the owner with the problems, not the horse.
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TWH are a very versatile breed (and very enjoyable...IMHO lol) and can do more than you may realize. I don't expect she will make as good of a barrel prospect as a QH who is more well suited for it, but she certainly can be trained to do whatever you want! The super plus side?? You can burn up the trails all day and not have a sore bum afterwards!
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I'm actually going to suggest you stick with the barrel pony. That way you can continue to do what you love.

When I was 16 I purchased an 8 month old filly to train as a H/J horse. She turned out to be not what I wanted AT ALL. It was a huge drain of time and resources, for someone who was in school and working--both full time. I should have purchased an older horse that I knew I could do something I loved with, like I have now.

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