Hi everyone. So here's the deal. I'm training a horse to run barrels. We're starting tomorrow because I'm figuring out the way things will work. The problem is that until we bought him he was never really "ridden". His owner would saddle him and then lead him around for his grandson.
We've done some work with him since we've had him but not a lot. But he's a smart horse and he's quick. My plan is to get out at least once a week, because I'm going to college full-time and working in a factory full-time so Friday mornings, bright and early are my only time really to work him. But I've got a basic idea of how things are going to work. So I'll give ya run-down and if anyone can give me any tips or pointers that would be great.
I'm gonne start out lunging him first thing to settle him down. Then I'm just going to ride him around in the pasture until we can work out who's in charge. Once we have that established I'm going to take him out and around our block a few times keeping him at a walk. After that we'll work on gaits, just keeping in line as to who's in charge. After we get through all this I'll start working him into the barrels.
So I'd really love any help that you guys could give me. Thanks all.