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post #1 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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To Sell or not to sell?

Ok I have a 4 year old Paint/walker cross.
I have had him since he was 6 months old.
I broke him to ride myself & hes pretty decent for it being my first time breaking a horse.
I'm Really attached to him & I really dont want to get rid of him.
The only problem is I want to barrel race so bad I cant stand it
My horse is a good riding horse for trails prades or just riding around my house But he has a lazy streak. & I dont think hes much of a runner but how do I know I have never galloped him Im Just guessing because he can be lazy when it comes to being ridden period. I Dont have a big area to ride him any faster than a trot. The horse market is low the max I could get out of him is $600 & that wouldnt be enough money to buy a barrel racer. I Know I can train him If I could find a place to do so. There Is a feild at the bottom of my drive way thats grown up & never used but the man wont let me ride there. My step dads friend that we buy hay from lives not even a half mile down the road & has 300+ acres & 100 of it is Flat but my step dad says Horses & barrel racing is stupid & hes not asking. I have asked Girls I graduated from school with that barrel race about trainer & they wont talk to me theyre really stuck up.
My boyfriend went to look at car parts & the guys wife & daughter barrel race & offered to let me ride there & help me but that was a while ago & I dont want to bug them. So Should I just give up since im already 18 & have never learned before now & just be happy trail riding or should I keep trying to find someone to help teach me & a place to pratice or just sell my horse & save up & add to it & hope i can find another horse that is already trained.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 12:45 AM
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you're likely to not find a buyer for your horse and if you do it may not be the best home for him... either way if you want to compete at barrels you're going to need a trainer to help you along the way even with a push button seasoned barrel horse... My vote is to keep him and train him up to barrels
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 12:54 AM
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I'd go talk to the people your boyfriend met, all they can do is say no, as long as you are polite.

Also about lazy horses, my horse was a racing TB, he is lazy as can be. I can't give him enough leg to get him moving - but when I galloped him, I was shocked at his speed. I have owned lots of TBs and he is by far the fastest, it pushed my helmet back and took my breathe away. Lazy does not mean slow.

Maybe you could find a trainer?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 01:07 AM
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Keep your horse, find a trainer and learn together. It will take a while before you can rise above the amateur rank and until then your boy will do. Depending on how your horse does, you may or may not need to sell him to go to the next level.

Also, keep this in mind. You may find after a few lessons or even a year down the road you don't like barrel racing. Then you would be kicking yourself for selling your baby.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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I Want to Barrel race more than anything.
But I know if someone comes here and loads my horse to take him away ill cry. Im so attached I believe in my horse & i think he can make a great barrel racer & i would be so happy to know i got him there. I just have so many dreams of barrel racing & I have been told that if you dont start out young you wont make it far in barrel racing. My horse is only 4 so If I take it slow he should be ready by 6 then ill be 20 is that too old to start barrels???
I Dont wanna give up my dream but I don't wanna sell the horse I love.
Everyone tells me Sell him & find a Experinced barrel horse That Ill never make it with him.
I mean I dont Even care if I Never Place I just wanna Barrel race just for fun.
I would Like to be successful But If im not Ill have fun anyways.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 02:26 AM
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I think at 18 you have plenty of time to see your dream of barrel racing come true and it sounds like if you sell him you will really regret it. At least you can get a trainer and start working towards it with him, even if its not his thing he will have that much more experience and you will be able to find a good home for him and get a better price. I dont know much about barrel racing but I'm guessing a well trained horse would be quite expensive so maybe you can look at learning on a horse that knows what its doing and then use that knowledge with training your horse?
I would be pretty proud of what you have achieved with your horse so far and if you would be selling him for peanuts then hold on to him if you can.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 02:36 AM
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I was told that my mare (a tennessee walker/morgan cross) wasn't 'suitable' for barrel racing because she's gaited. And while that may possibly be true if I were to really want to be competitive on a larger scale, for the shows that I'm interested in she's more than fine.

My mom has a horse who is the laziest darn horse I've ever met, but once she started barrel racing and showed him it was ok to go 'balls to the walls', he LOVED it! That horse is FAST! Try to get him to more than saunter on the trails, and you'll have a fight on your hands, but point him at the barrels and don't let him go, and you learn just how much fight he has! Even a lazy horse can be a good barrel horse. Around here, the best barrel horses are calm, quiet, and slow, right up until you point them at the barrels, and then they're like a different animal. If you can't get enough money for a 'move up' horse (and you don't need to move up if you haven't even started) and don't have the money to invest in a horse that's already patterned and going, work with what you've got, you might just be surprised!
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 03:40 AM
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I know it's hard, but please try not to sound defeated. If you really want to barrel race as much as you say, then go talk to those people who offered. If they can't help, try all around your area. Heck ask that person your Step Dad won't. Become proactive for your goals.

I hope I don't sound harsh - the reality is, you can only rely on yourself to get there in the end. Having support is everything, and I'm sure you have some, but rely on yourself to get some training or at least a bigger area to train in. I guess having come from a non-horsey family myself, I've learnt very well that if you want things done, even if your family are supportive, you've gotta do it yourself!

Good luck, and don't sell him, he might just surprise you!

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 11:21 AM
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Train the one you have! Heck I trained my old man myself when I decided I wanted to barrel race. Everyone told me he would never amount to anything. And while he wasn't the fastest, he could go to jackpots and place in 3d everytime. I usually won my entry fee back, plus a lil extra, and it was fun don't let anyone tell you he cant do it.

ETA he was a 500$ mutt horse too.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-10-2012, 01:28 PM
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What is it that you want out of Barrel racing?

My wife and I went to a local saddle club a couple of saturday nights ago and watched barrel racing.

There were many different classes, and some people walked their horse around the barrels.

Some horses hated going in the ring and it seems to me that the real fun of barrel racing is working with the horse to deal with the crowds etc as well as maybe running a faster time than you did the on the previous run.

None of these people were pros, and the fastest time was in the 18 second range, but they were having a great time just being there with their horse.

Take your horse and go barrel racing. You don't have to win to have fun doing it. Just finishing with a time and working toward a better time is all most of these people seem to want to do.

I ride a walker, and while I've never entered a barrel race, I think she'd do better than a lot of the horses there, but, I'll admit, I'm a bit biased. (She might spook going into the area, many of them did).

I guess, if being a world class racer is what you're after then you'll probably go through quite a few horses. Myself personally, I think pretty highly of my mare, and I wouldn't get rid of her over a couple of seconds difference going around a few barrels.

Besides, she's spent far to much time training, is the devil you know better than the devil you don't know?

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