Newb here, both to this forum and to barrel racing. I've done mostly hunters and dressage for the last 12 years. This past summer I rode my friends green filly just for fun in a rookie gymkhana series. Even though we didn't do a ton of speed (her and I both having never done it before) I'm hooked. Soo I thought I'd say hello.
Right now I'm working on bringing back into shape a 15.1 paint mare who is deaf as a doornail, not very pretty but ridiculously athletic and sweet. Havent started patterns or anything with her yet, just working on basics (been out of work for a year) and work on bending etc. But I do look forward to asking for pointers when we do eventually start working her on patterns in the upcoming months.
Welcome to the forum! Right now stick to what your doing, get her light everywhere. Once she is doing the following easy she is ready to move to the pattern...
-Move off leg pressure
-Move her shoulders
-Move her hips
-Bending & Flexing
You want a broke horse that is soft, supple, and you can control every part of their body. I think that is what your already trying to achieve so your on the correct track!
Thats all what we're working on right now.. Big thing is also getting her to relax into it. She likes to go go go so I was THRILLED last ride when I got her to trot both ways a few laps around the ring QUIETLY on a bend. We certainly have a long way to go training wise for both of us. I've never worked with a deaf horse before so it is certainly a new experience for me. I've been lurking for a few weeks now, thought it was finally time to introduce myself
It really sounds like you are starting on the right track. A good foundation is key! Get your horse broke, broke, broke first, and the pattern work will be much easier.
In the mean time, if you want to "read" up on some techniques for when you willl actually get to the pattern, I love watching Dena Kirkpatricks free videos on YouTube (and of course, her full training DVD is well worth the price!)
Here is one of her videos that will get you to the rest.
Welcome! We look forward to hearing about your progress!
Thanks Beau! I will have to look at that when I get home from work, my work computer doesnt like youtube and blocks it.
Hi and welcome!! There are a lot of good people here with great advice. Beau and BarrelLvr have given you great advice. I saw where you commented in my thread a few days ago. I'm glad you got something out of it, that's the best part! Hopefully you'll keep getting better and better results as you work with the mare.. I must say though.. We must have pictures.. We are a very picture demanding forum! :wink:
Can't wait to hear more about y'all's progress together!
Pictures?! haha I can try to get some on here of her... She is not the prettiest mare... She is a pain in the BUTT to get equipment for.. She has a super short back, a cob sized head and legs to the moon. I will see if I can get some onto my work computer now. She is on my avitar... I am also horrendously out of shape so I know that both of our forms are... well, pretty atrocious.
Here are some pictures of Whinny from a few weeks ago... They're the most recent I have. To add to her funny looking... She is actually pretty wide... I'm 5'9"
Aw, she looks nice!!!! No, not perfect barrel racing conformation or a perfect build, but all-in-all, she doesn't look bad!
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