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    01-14-2013, 08:29 PM
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Yearling
Future Barrel Horse Training

Would Breeze make a good small show/rodeo barrel horse? She will be my first prospect and is 2 years old. Don't worry, I am not planning on breaking her until she is 3. If she is not good for Barrel Racing and reining (I will be doing that with her first) then what do you guys think she would be good in.

Breeze has tight turns, fast stops and is fast running around the pen. She is athletic and agile and has the looks.

I will be training Breeze myself. We have been coming along great. The only problem that we have... which I am working on, is lunging. Some days she is great, and the perfect horse, but some days she can buck and kick and jump, pinning her ears and squilling. She is not in pain, I know that, and we are working on it, other then that she:
-backs up
-stays out of my space unless invited in
-has had a bareback pad on her back with sturrips hitting her side
-yeilds hind and fore quarters
-leads behind and by my side
-great leading in the open
-picks up feet
- we are working on ground driving (just waiting for some stuff to get here that I ordered

If she is suite to be a barrel horse, is their any training I can do right now, and in the spring, on the ground, like lunging around barrels, or anything else?

Here are pictures







These pics are not the greatest, but what do you think about conformation, looks, a prospect for anything?

If she is not suite to be a barrel prospect, I am okay with her being anything else in the western riding. I will not do english.

I will be entering her in halter and showmanship this summer in at least 4 shows. I will be brining her to rodeo, but not entering her in it.
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    01-14-2013, 11:07 PM
  #2
Started
She could make a decent barrel horse but time will tell she needs time to mature. Those aren't the best confo pics but she's so young she will change between now and 5. I personally wouldn't be doing any kind of pattern work to prep her I would just make sure she is a good girl with nice manners and worry about getting her handling skills and preparing her for riding She is a pretty horse though is she registered do you know her breeding I'm just kinda curious
     
    01-14-2013, 11:42 PM
  #3
Yearling
I am looking into her breeding. I cannot find anything on her mother or fathers sides.

She is not registered, I wish she was though. Her mother is Hank Red Ace, I know nothing about her, but am hoping to find something! He sire is not registered, although he can be. He was sold before he was I don't know where he is now, but if I knew, I would track him down and ask his owners if they registered him, so I can register Breeze.

Sorry if that sounded confusing.
     
    01-14-2013, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I am looking into her breeding. I cannot find anything on her mother or fathers sides.

She is not registered, I wish she was though. Her mother is Hank Red Ace, I know nothing about her, but am hoping to find something! He sire is not registered, although he can be. He was sold before he was I don't know where he is now, but if I knew, I would track him down and ask his owners if they registered him, so I can register Breeze.

Sorry if that sounded confusing.
Oh that's too bad but papers don't make the horse necessarily
     
    01-14-2013, 11:50 PM
  #5
Yearling
Ya I guess, she is purebred though! I just don't know what direction I want to take her in, maybe barrel racing, or maybe she will just me my all arounder.
     
    01-15-2013, 12:14 AM
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Ya I guess, she is purebred though! I just don't know what direction I want to take her in, maybe barrel racing, or maybe she will just me my all arounder.
It's possible. You'll figure out her strengths and weaknesses as she ages and you ride her.
     
    01-15-2013, 03:27 AM
  #7
Yearling
My cousin starts patterns at 3-4 and doesn't full on run them til 6. Gives them time to mature physically and mentally. Barrel racing is hard on a horse and to young can cause some serious damage later down the road.
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    01-15-2013, 06:17 AM
  #8
Yearling
It's really hard to tell confo on these shots. And harder to tell with a black horse for me! Lol But from what I can see, her back looks a little long, she's straight in the stifle for me, and her shoulder might be a little too straight up and down. But that's just all personal opinion. Now, this is also personal opinion. But I think that if you want a horse geared for a specific discipline, you might do better buying a horse with the breeding or training toward that discipline. Babies seem like a gamble imo, a lot of their natural talent comes down to heart. If you have a horse with the heart to please you, or the heart to compete in a specific event, you'll go far together. But, you never know until you really start digging around when training. So, more or less, it's really up to your filly as to whether or not she'll be good at barrels or reining. But a lot of that also depends on you and your ability to train her in which ever event and help her build confidence. If I were you, you might want to try starting a thread asking if there are any AQHA members on here that could look her dam up for you!
     
    01-15-2013, 09:28 AM
  #9
Green Broke
There is a guy by me who goes to auction and buys several ugly cheap horses and makes them into barrel racers. If Musket the hackney pony and funky giraffe looking horse can do it so can yours!
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    01-15-2013, 10:07 AM
  #10
Foal
I'm not sure about the barrel racing, but she looks really great! Really!
     

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