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post #11 of 18 Old 12-17-2007, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by americancowgurl31391
Thank you so much AKPaintLover for the response. See the thing is is that yes my horse knows the basics he just doesnt have much get up and go. I just want to bring this out in him. Yeah me and this girl were going back and forth because she was telling me that you had to have a 7-year-old horse to do barrels, no other age. Yes i would definitely still take him out on the trails once a week. But are there any exercises that i can practice that have to do with barrels but are not actually running the barrels? Yeah see when my horse is galloping behind or with another horse, let me tell you hes got some speed. So i know he has the potential. If not barrels what other sports would you reccommend? Im not really into cows.
I do figure 8's. Or sssssing down the arena somewhat like pole bending but not.
Also I would like to add that you need to find your place in the saddle that best helps your horse get around the barrels. It is different for every horse.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-03-2008, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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anymore tips or exercises? does anyone barrel race in southern california?

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post #13 of 18 Old 01-05-2008, 06:14 PM
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I had a 26 year old horse that I did barrels and poles and all the gaming events on. It takes time to get really good, but 10 years old is a pretty good age. Speed comes with time. If you have ever wachted gaming horses before, when they go in the arena they are fired up and ready to run. Him not having all the get up and go yet is probably a good thing for now while you both learn. You can add the speed factor once you get the rest down. I know roping horses that are excellent at barrels. If he has roped before, then he has the speed for barrels. My guess is when he goes into the arena to run barrels he will get the energy you are looking for.
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-07-2008, 03:16 PM
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Sometimes I think it is better to wait till the horse is a little older anyway to start running barrels. Many horses have the speed, but they don't have a mature enough mind to race when they are young. I bought Buddy two years ago when he was 8 years old and the lady told me that he wasn't a fast enough barrel horse to compete in anything beyond youth events. The problem was I think is that his mind wasn't really mature enough to concentrate on the pattern. I ran him at a gymkhana last fall in barrels. I had never done barrels with him before so he hadn't done them either in 2 years. He did the pattern pretty well for me being a first timer. We didn't win, but we didn't place last either.

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-10-2008, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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me and my friend actually took them about 2 years ago to a barrel racing competition and my horse didnt get hyper at all. you would think he was going to show in western pleasure or something. I got him into a lope and he stopped at the first barrel and stood there for like 5 seconds and then finished the pattern but slowly.

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post #16 of 18 Old 01-18-2008, 11:06 PM
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Your horse is definitely not too old, get a trainer and have fun!
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-21-2008, 09:31 PM
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Personally, I would start with slow barrel work, like walking and trotting the barrel pattern and whenever he gets it down he may begin to appreciate running barrels, and you should also condition him for it and he may begin to like running. He just doesn't know exactly what it is you want him to do so he may be good at it if you give him a chance.

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post #18 of 18 Old 01-29-2008, 09:04 PM
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Don't worry about the speed thing, it takes time for them to associate the barrels with fun!
I race my 14.1 arab, and he runs pretty good times, though he excels at poles, but it took me maybe two years of just going steady round barrells and poels until he clicked and decided that it was fun, now I can hardly keep him back. if he is sluggish before an event i will sometiems take him out back with a friend and do a few starts and turns alongside them, gets him in a competitive state of mind. I'm sure you will do fine :]
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