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    08-28-2012, 04:59 PM
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Foal
Starting a barrel horse. Tack??

Okay guys, I'm about to start my horse under saddle. I have all kinds of tack for it, but don't know if I need anything specific. Like should I need a martingale, tie down, training fork? Anything? He's being starte in a simple d ring snaffle. In the future he will be trained for barrels. By using a training fork/martingale will that effect how he works on barrels in the future? I'm very curious and I think id be great to know. Thanks!
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    08-28-2012, 05:01 PM
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Showing
Simple answer? No. Don't start him right off the bat with a bunch of gadgets. Do you have an experienced trainer helping you out?
     
    08-28-2012, 05:05 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Simple answer? No. Don't start him right off the bat with a bunch of gadgets. Do you have an experienced trainer helping you out?
Alright! Yes, I Do have somebody who is helping and teaching me. I was just curious if anything would aid the future of his barrel career.
     
    08-28-2012, 05:10 PM
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Yearling
Breaking him correctly and putting a strong solid foundation is going to help you with his future barrel career. Not gadgets like tie downs, martingale, ect.
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    08-28-2012, 05:12 PM
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Weanling
Take those training forks and tiedowns and throw them out the window while going down the highway. Start of with softness instead. And I wouldn't worry about barrels until your horse if practically a reining horse haha
     
    08-28-2012, 05:50 PM
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Green Broke
You horse shouldn't see a barrel or a pole until he can do the following:
Move calmly and softly at all 3 gaits.
Stop easily and softly from any speed.
Break at the poll and give laterally too.
Back up easily with a soft mouth and body.
Side pass at the walk, and be able to two-track or move diagonally at the trot or gallop.
Know both neck reining and direct reining.
Know both simple lead changes and flying lead changes.
Transition from a walk, straight into a gallop, softly and on the correct lead.
Can do turns on the fore and turns on the hindend, in either direction.
Can do rollback cleanly.

Basically, you need a 100% broke to ride horse that you can move any part of his body in any direction you want at any speed at any time.

THEN you can start him on barrels.

No gadgets needed. Just a simple O-ring or D-ring snaffle and a simple saddle. Doesn't even have to be a barrel saddle.
     
    08-28-2012, 05:53 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by beau159    
You horse shouldn't see a barrel or a pole until he can do the following:
Move calmly and softly at all 3 gaits.
Stop easily and softly from any speed.
Break at the poll and give laterally too.
Back up easily with a soft mouth and body.
Side pass at the walk, and be able to two-track or move diagonally at the trot or gallop.
Know both neck reining and direct reining.
Know both simple lead changes and flying lead changes.
Transition from a walk, straight into a gallop, softly and on the correct lead.
Can do turns on the fore and turns on the hindend, in either direction.
Can do rollback cleanly.

Basically, you need a 100% broke to ride horse that you can move any part of his body in any direction you want at any speed at any time.
Yeah, that's what we will do :) I wasn't planing on starting him on barrels until the next year or so. Thanks!
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