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post #11 of 17 Old 12-03-2009, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
A copy of this should be sown to every barrel saddle made. I wouldn't have to go get a hamburger during the barrel racing if every barrel racer used this advice. I would also like to add you should figure out how fast your horse can run and quit beating it when you get there. Spurs make your horse hunch his back and pull his hindquarters in and a whip on the butt makes them extend and lenghten thier stride so use those tools appropriately.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-06-2009, 01:43 AM
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Walk her around the barrels, from the ground.
Let her know they aren't going to eat her..
Just work her around them, and start her on the pattern.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-06-2009, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
If you have a horse that is broke broke broke you will run more consistently and do better than a horse that is faster but poorly trained or ridden. Be warned, once you ride a good reining horse you will likely loose interest in barrel chasing.
You couldn't have said it better. My mare that we got from a lady used to barrel race and let me tell you, this horse is fast, but as for being broke and doing good she needed work. I'm done having fun and doing barrels with her, so I'm moving on to reining. BTW, she is still pretty jumpy and always wanting to go, so I think reining will be better for her.

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post #14 of 17 Old 12-06-2009, 01:52 PM
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Personally, I think there are far more beneficial things you can do to make a good barrel horse at this age than walking her around the barrels. Barrels can be one of the things to desensitize her to, but walking her around the pattern isn't going to help anything. You only need to run the pattern (Or ride it) a few times before your horse knows the pattern. I like to keep my horses fresh and listening to me, so I spend very little time on the actual pattern.

Work on getting all your foundation work done before you worry about the pattern
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-15-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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What do I do when I break her to get her prepared for the tight turns?? By good form I mean she is FAST!! and she has really long legs and a short back.

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post #16 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 12:46 AM
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You don't need to prepare her for the tight turns. They really aren't that tight and if she is broke well enough she will stay collected and you will have control of every part of her body so you can help her through. I wouldn't even think about a barrel pattern untill she is at least 5 years old.

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post #17 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 03:02 AM
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A good (properly trained) barrel horse has no tight turns, or fast ones. It has rated before the barrel so it can precisely arc around the barrel with a decent pocket, set up for the next one, and not do severe damage to its joints. There should be relatively low speed at the barrel, precision comes in here to keep your times down, not speed.

At her age a barrel is the last thing you need to worry about and you are wasting your time with a pattern, they both have relatively little to do with successful barrel training anyway.

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