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post #1 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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So, I'm in the process of training my greenie to be an all arounder and do just about everything western (besides cattle)
Trail riding
Barrel racing
pole bending
flag race
western pleasure

that good stuff :)

I by no means expect him to be a pro in any of those areas, just want him to be solid and kid safe in them.

Any tips on getting him there? :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 12:58 PM
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My tip would be to do one thing at a time.

Don't do half of one thing and half of another. Make sure he had fully learned what you taught him before you introduce him to something else.
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Don't throw too much at him all at once, if he is green he won't be able to handle a bunch of new stuff at a time. Teach him one thing well then move on to something else. Take it slow. You have lots of time with him.
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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.
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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.
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The biggest tip I can give is to use separate tack for each event... for the speed events I use a s hackamore and a tie down (which Whiskey doesn't need, but it is very different from her western curb or english snaffle... I use a light barrel saddle for speed and my western pleasure saddle is heavier. When I put Whiskey's english stuff on, she knows low and long. Western stuff means slow and lift, and her speed stuff means go baby go! She is APHA, shown breed circuit, and has points in it all.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-06-2013, 09:19 PM
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By trail riding, do you mean trail classes, or competitive trail riding, or just going out on the trail and having fun? If you're just doing it for fun, I would think you could use the trail ride to give him a break from other training.
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