Originally Posted by kmdstar
How old is he? If he is under five, I wouldn't be practicing any gaming events just yet.
What I would do is first focus on western pleasure or reining with him, that will give you everything you need to start getting into gaming. Now keep in mind, most horses if they are superior at one (say WP) won't be too great at the other (say barrel racing) or vice versa. But if you only want to do low levels, that doesn't really matter. You're going to want to be able to control your horse at all gaits, being able to stop, back, turn and move all parts of his body before going into barrel racing. It all comes with time.
He's 7 and should be ready to start gaming by this summer. He's got a great walk, stop, turns well, soft in the mouth, great back, excellent woah, awesome wp jog. We're working on getting the right lead better and just relaxed and natural with his lope. Low levels is exactly what I'm wanting to do.