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    06-16-2009, 08:14 PM
  #1
Trained
Are You Ready to Barrel Race?

I am always recommending Western Horseman's "Charmayne James on Barrel Racing" there's a little test that I thought would be fun to post to see if you and your horse are ready to barrel race.

All of this is copied from that book:

Have someone administer this simple test to you and keep score. Each part is worth 5 points.

1. Cue your horse to walk and walk him one time around the arena. 5 points if he walks forward relaxed. Deduct a point if he breaks into a trot, doesnt maintain his forward motion, pulls on the bit or tosses his head.

2. Stop your horse. Deduct a point if he starts again on his own, pulls the bit, or tosses his head.

3. Ask for a trot. If he takes more than two steps to trot, deduct a point. More than 4 steps, another point. If he breaks into a lope, deduct another. Deduct another if he pulls on the bit or throws his head.

4. Stop your horse. Deduct a point if he starts again on his own, pulls the bit or tosses his head.

5. Cue your horse to lope on the right lead. If he takes more than two steps to lope, deduct a point. More than four, deduct another point. Six or more deduct another. If he changes into a faster trot before loping or misses the lead, deduct another. If he pulls or throws his head, deduct another.

6. Cue your horse to lope on the left lead. If he takes more than two steps to lope, deduct a point. More than four, deduct another point. Six or more deduct another. If he changes into a faster trot before loping or misses the lead, deduct another. If he pulls or throws his head, deduct another.

7. Walking your horse, ask him to tip his head to the inside and move into a small circle then with your inside leg and inside rein, increase the size of the circle. Deduct a point if he fights the bit or moves his head. Deduct one if he fails to move out from the leg and rein pressure.

8. Ask the horse to back. Backing straight until you release the reins is worth 5 points. Take away a point if he throws his head, a point if he opens his mouth , a point if he stops, and a point if he backs up crooked.

9. Cue the horse to lope then increase and decrease the speed of the circle. Deduct a point if he wont slow down and a point if he wont speed up.

10. Cue the horse to lope then reduce and increase the size of the circle. Deduct a point if he won't move in and a point if he won't move out. Also, remember to keep his body shaped in line with the size of the circle.

Multiply your final score by 2.

"A" student: 90-100 score. Ready to work Barrels
Or is he a 70 percent C student who could use some more review before going further?
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    06-16-2009, 08:49 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I did the barrels with Solon once at our barn but since our barrels are his play toys he had to stop and knock them over with his nose.

We are not ready to barrel race.
     
    06-16-2009, 08:51 PM
  #3
Trained
Haha. At least he's cute!
     
    06-16-2009, 09:43 PM
  #4
Foal
Very good test! I do not barrel race myself, but a girl at our barn who wants to start. Maybe I should print this out for her >_> haha
     
    06-16-2009, 11:33 PM
  #5
Trained
Haha. Probably not a bad idea :P
I like how she really stresses that your horse being "hot" and wanting to go go go all the time does not equal good barrel racer.
     
    06-17-2009, 01:09 AM
  #6
Trained
Love it... I'm going to keep this in mind, as I always have people asking for tips. They never believe me when I tell them they don't need a horse to be 'hot and ready' in order for him to be a great barrel horse. On the contrary, I'd rather see perfect control from the moment they are stepping toward the arena, to the moment they step out. I used to walk my horse in to the gate, then push him into a canter, do our run, finish, stop him before the gate, slide off, and walk him out...er, rather, he followed me out...Lol! I remember one year that we did a sack race, we had raced down the arena, I had gotten off, got in my sack, started hopping, and somewhere along the way, I lost the reins, but even with all the other riders\horses along side us, he stayed right with me...we won too...Lol! Nope, no need for a hot horse for games...I like having one who is calm and responsive!
     
    06-17-2009, 01:11 AM
  #7
Green Broke
A lot of the barrel racers I see at rodeos can't even get their horses into the arena because they are so wound up. They have to be led in or backed in. Crazy.
     

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