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post #1 of 11 Old 06-27-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Does this sound like a good start to get into barrel racing?

Well, I've been looking at horses to barrel race with. My boyfriend's dad told me he would buy me a horse. Ok, so we had a talk. Me, him, his daughter, and our friend who is also getting involved.

He said, he wants us to learn to ride. Or (directed at me the only one who isn't a complete beginner) improve our riding. He wants us to prove we are interested, and prove we will stay involved. (He hasn't known me long enough to know horses are my life :P)

He called a friend, she's been barrel racing her whole life and she's also taught her daughter who has been barrel racing and doing poles a lot of her life (she's 22) . She agreed to give us lessons for free, on her nice barrel horses. Starting from the ground up! He said once she tells him she thinks we are ready to move up, he'll buy us some good barrel horses.

Now until then, we are going to take lessons, and his sister is giving us two horses to ride too. Mainly to plod around on for awhile abd prove we will feed and all that lol.

Does this sound like a good deal? Lol :)

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-27-2012, 03:36 PM
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LOL That sounds like torture! What an awful deal! (I'm jealous..)
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Definitely a good idea. :) It'll be well worth it in the end.

I also have a deal going on before I get my first horse. My dad wrote an "official contract" saying if I pay $500 (out of the $4500) and I'm insanely nice and helpful.. and I promise to keep my marks at least an 88, then he's going to buy me the horse I'm currently leasing. :)

With that said, good luck!

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Lol, thanks! I'm glad to know my boyfriend's dad because he can get anything and always for less than most people! Lol
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I would focus on the lessons first before you do any looking for a barrel horse. Some barrel horses are extremely hot and know only one job, "run". And if you can't control the "run" without the horse rearing on you or doing dangerous things, you're in trouble.

When you take lessons and get good enough to want to try competing, try borrowing someone else's horse to compete with to get a taste for it.

I think its a good start into barrel racing with free lessons on barrel racers. I'd be a little cautious about allowing my boyfriend to purchase me a horse though. Simply because relationships have a bad habit of ending (not saying yours will, but in general) and if you do split up, who gets the horse? Who pays for the horse? Will you be able to keep the horse financially?

Those are all things to think about when you start thinking of buying a pet or animal as a couple.

Barrel racing is FUN, so make sure you have LOADS of it! And don't get hurt!
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Thanks! And it's his dad, not him. And he's loaning me the money, I'm paying him back in payments to avoid just that situation. Thank you!
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Well that's a lot better than having a boyfriend buy you a horse lol Good plan!

I can't wait to see pictures of your new sport :)
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Thanks! We are starting lessons when when I get back from Nashville on Monday. I'm thinking she will let us compete on her horses for awhile until we buy one ourselves :)
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Sounds good, the only thing I would really advise you do to is to concentrate on your lessons more so than finding a horse. You need to focus on you and learning the ropes yourself. Remember to just be patient, barrel racing isn't something you just jump into and you're good at it. It takes months and years to really become accomplished at it and start to perform your personal best. Set small goals for yourself, it's nice to have that one big dream but having and reaching those small goals will keep you focused and not get discouraged when it immediately doesn't go as planned. I've been seriously competiting for 7/8ish years now and I still haven't reached my big goal. Its a sport that takes a ton of heart, dedication, PATIENCE (which is not my strong point), and hard work. Overall you just have to remember to have fun with it, don't take yourself too seriously all of the time.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-27-2012, 04:15 PM
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Can I borrow your boyfriend's dad? . Sounds like a good start to me. A VERYYY nice deal :). Good luck.
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