Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
If you want a sane barrel horse....don't plan on going to your Provincal finals this summer because your not going to have a nice pattern and get to 17-18 second runs in 5 months.
There is A LOT more to it then running, you need to lay down a proper foundation on the pattern (which doesn't happen overnight). You want a horse that can properly carry himself at all 3 gaits, can lope collected circles at all sizes, work off of leg and seat, basically a very well broke horse. And the pattern just isn't about walking, trotting, loping, and running, you need to teach your horse how to rate, how to make a pocket and keep that pocket, set up for the turns, work off their hind end properly around the barrel, ect. We don't start adding any speed till their 2nd year of training and it isn't smoking fast speed either. If you just rush through training and try and take shortcuts just to run someplace your going to get a horse that falls apart in every run, and is going to turn hot headed real quick.
But that is just from my experience with training barrel horses....and suggest you worry more about getting him a nice foundation on the pattern this Summer then plan on running him and blowing him up. Because you can make them run the pattern....but it is not as easy fixing a blown up barrel horse that doesn't know the basics on the pattern.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.