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Kelsie1 03-11-2013 01:48 PM

Lessons Yes or No?
 
I've been thinking about this and by now you all probably know that my 6 year old barrel horse is having problems on the pattern like passing up the first barrel and not having good turns or anything!! I was wandering if I start taking barrel racing lessons if that will help us out?? I mean I'm 17 and everything I know about barrel racing is stuff I learned on my own or out of books or on the internet I have never had barrel racing lessons. And I wana get goos at it cause it really means a lot to me!! So that's why I was wandering if taking lessons would help?

DraftyAiresMum 03-11-2013 01:58 PM

YES!! Lessons ALWAYS help, regardless of the situation or discipline. Do you think the Olympic show jumpers and dressage riders, or the NFR barrel racers got to where they are by being solely self-taught? There's always someone out there with more knowledge than you. Take advantage of that.

A word of caution, though. When you do take lessons be willing to accept that the way you've been doing things may not be the best way or may be flat-out wrong. If you can't accept that, you'll never learn anything.
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DancingArabian 03-11-2013 02:34 PM

I have yet to come across a scenario where lessons are ever a bad thing. Especially if you're trying to be competitive. If you can get lessons, do so!
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Casey02 03-11-2013 02:40 PM

Yes, based on your other threads I think you would benefit from lessons greatly. Find a WELL known trainer to teach you. Barrel racing isn't about running a horse as fast as you can around barrels (and I hope you know that) it just sours your horse and gives you theses problems. People who don't think it requires any time or training are the ones that give the sport the bad name. Whipping, kicking and barley making it around the barrel. I would be looking forward to hearing your progress, with a trainer. I think you would enjoy it!

Do you ever think that your horse has bad turns because you are running him on grass and are going into the run preparing for him to fall?

SlideStop 03-11-2013 02:51 PM

I take lessons even when I'm not having any "trouble". A good trainer will teach you so much more then a YouTube video or a book, they don't provide live feedback no matter how good the person on YouTube is doing it. Honestly, I bet your having these problem because you haven't sought the help its trainer. It's especially easy to "ruin" a good barrel horse. Horses frequently do things like not turn/bulge, refuse to enter the arena, etc when they dislike their job, frustrated, confused or in pain.

Professional (not your BFF next door) help is never a bad thing. There is no shame is asking for help! I can't stand when people what to "do all the training themselves because they don't want their horse ruined by the trainer". You don't like the trainer, you move one. I'd NEVER have a single thought about my trainer "ruining" my horse, as she is someone I trust and have seen results from, and she gives me to tools to be able to do it myself.
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Kelsie1 03-11-2013 03:29 PM

I'm so excited to start with a trainer and improve!!!

Casey02 03-11-2013 03:36 PM

That's the perfect attitude!

beau159 03-11-2013 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Kelsie1 (Post 1932760)
I've been thinking about this and by now you all probably know that my 6 year old barrel horse is having problems on the pattern like passing up the first barrel and not having good turns or anything!! I was wandering if I start taking barrel racing lessons if that will help us out?? I mean I'm 17 and everything I know about barrel racing is stuff I learned on my own or out of books or on the internet I have never had barrel racing lessons. And I wana get goos at it cause it really means a lot to me!! So that's why I was wandering if taking lessons would help?


Absolutely lessons will help.

Would you want to fly in an airplane that was piloted by a pilot who only read about how to fly a plane in books and on the internet? Heck no. You'd want a pilot who had hands-on training from an instructor.

Barrel racing isn't any different. Hands-on training from an instructor is way more valuable than books or the internet.

There is always going to be someone who knows more than you. Therefore lessons are always relevant. I've been barrel racing since I was 4 years old, and guess what? I'm going to take a few barrel racing lessons this summer. You are never too old and never too experienced to seek the help of someone else. And if anyone looks down upon you for taking lessons, then they have no business even being near a horse.

However, please stay away from the "trainer" that suggested you use a tie down in the first place for this horse, because they clearly don't know what they are doing.

Kelsie1 03-11-2013 06:24 PM

beau159 I'm definitly mot going to that trainer

SorrelHorse 03-12-2013 03:32 PM

You never realize what you don't know until someone points it out to you.

I've had a trainer for the entirety of my life, and she still teaches me new things every day and every time I talk to her.


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