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        06-07-2010, 12:24 PM
    Question Few questions :)

    I had no idea where to put this so I decided to just put it here..Haha

    Well I used to barrel race about 100 years ago haha No seriously I guess it was 5 years ago due to family problems...I also stopped riding for a while because I lost my confidence due to some accidents. But that all changed when I bought Winter this past December. He is the most amazing horse and takes wonderful care of me. He is the type of horse that rides for your experience. Meaning when I first started riding him in Febuary or March (yes I got him without riding him and it took two or three months to ride him lol), he was very slow and oh so careful....Took his time, stood perfectly still while I mounted and was just amazing. When the kids ride him you would have to beat him to get him out of a walk. But now since they have been riding him for a few months and are more comfortable on him he will now trot haha.. And now when I ride him he is completly different with me, he wants to play all the time because I am comfortable with him...I can even trot again haha and a somewhat gallop ( Winter is fat and out of shape haha)..

    I know to those who ride everyday this sounds kind of stupid but once you have multiple accidents back to back it takes a lot out of you. But I am now very comfortable with him and even rode my ole mans mare, Secret (well actually I paid for her so she is mine but she was for him and the kids because I don't like to share Winter haha) the other day..I HATED riding her. She had Western Pleasure training and is the SLOWEST horse I have EVER rode LOL I guess my barrel racing days are coming back to me, I don't want a race horse by anymeans but she is just sooo slow lol

    But the point of the thread was now that I am back to riding and comfortable, I want to do more then just trail ride. I know Winter is not a barrel horse (I took him through the patern, walked it and trotted it and he didn't like it), so barrel racing again is out of the question. I only ride western..So I would like to do some fun shows, but what can I do? And how can I get Winter ready for any of them? He was Amish trained to work, ride (trails) and drive. I'm not comfortable enough to drive him yet so that is not an option at the moment. Unless someone can offer some tips on how I can start slowly with him to build up my confidence with him in driving..

    I know what I used to do to condition my barrel horses for shows but that was when I showed all the time and they were in constant training and practicng... But what do I do when I am just showing for fun? And how do I keep it fun for Winter?

    On a side note, I don't want Secret's training to go to waste so my litle brother and sister is going to be riding her and showing her some this year at a few of our local shows

    Any advise, opinions anything would be greatly appreciated

    Also please excuse all the spelling and typo's, my sister in law done my nails yesterday and they are a pain to get used to ughh.. Haha
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        06-08-2010, 07:06 AM
    Just keep riding as much as you can, that will get both of you in shape and ready for the shows.
        06-08-2010, 01:25 PM
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        06-08-2010, 01:45 PM
    If you want to start doing fun shows or even competitive trail riding, make sure he knows all the basics like side passing and yielding of for and rear quarters independently. After you have taught him that, if he doesn't know already, try setting up some obstacles like things to walk over step up onto and down off of. Simple PVC pipe can be used to set up walk ways to back through or side pass over.
    There is a list of competitive trail assoc. In this article. Check to see if there is one in your area. Competitive Trail Riding
    You can also check for saddle clubs in your area. We belong to our local club. It's great for the opportunity to ride in private areas not normally open to horses. They are also committed to supporting local communities by riding in parades and sponsoring charity rides.
        06-09-2010, 01:47 PM
    It definitely can take awhile to get your confidence back after some bad situations, I know what you mean! As far as showing goes, competitive trail rides are very fun, and some pattern classes might be interesting for you. They would take some more training for you and your horse, but to start with you could work on your transitions between walk, trot, canter, stop, etc. as well as circles. Some Western equitation and trail patterns require sidepass, which is a little more difficult but definitely possible. There are many training books that could help you with training for this kind of stuff, my knowledge is rather limited. Good luck though, and have fun!
        06-09-2010, 03:04 PM
    There are many classes you can show him in - walk/trot, Pleasure (Walk/trot/canter), trail classes, in hand (Showmanship, confirmation), etc. Just ask around or look on-line for local shows.
        06-12-2010, 04:15 PM
    Thanks so much everyone :)

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