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JungleJulia 04-26-2013 04:40 PM

Extreme beginner to barrel wanting to be pro someday
 
Hello!

New to the forum and barrel racing. This was a sport I've wanted to get into six years ago but instead did english (hunter/jumper). I rode, believe it or not, six days a week. I was obsessed with riding and becoming a better rider. Haven't ridden in six years but haven't forgotten what I learned either. I will be doing a rider eval tomorrow (yay!)

Now that I want to seriously focus on barrel racing (i'm not kidding), couple of questions:

1. What is with joining an association? I don't understand what the associations are for.

2. I'm trying out some stables to see which I like best to start with. I know I will be using school horses but when I get to a level like loping and doing like an absolute begginers' competition, will I use a school horse?

3. I don't own a horse at all sadly enough. Would it be possible to later lease or horse or would it be better to eventually buy a barrel racing horse?

4. When barrel racing, is it a requirement to ride/race solely in a western saddle? I have tried some aussie saddles (they even have hybrid western/aussie saddles) and like the feel of them.

5. What is gymkhana? Is it like an extension of barrel racing or some sort of precursor to it?

Aesthetic 04-26-2013 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by JungleJulia (Post 2356361)
Hello!

New to the forum and barrel racing. This was a sport I've wanted to get into six years ago but instead did english (hunter/jumper). I rode, believe it or not, six days a week. I was obsessed with riding and becoming a better rider. Haven't ridden in six years but haven't forgotten what I learned either. I will be doing a rider eval tomorrow (yay!)

Now that I want to seriously focus on barrel racing (i'm not kidding), couple of questions:

1. What is with joining an association? I don't understand what the associations are for.

2. I'm trying out some stables to see which I like best to start with. I know I will be using school horses but when I get to a level like loping and doing like an absolute begginers' competition, will I use a school horse?

3. I don't own a horse at all sadly enough. Would it be possible to later lease or horse or would it be better to eventually buy a barrel racing horse?

4. When barrel racing, is it a requirement to ride/race solely in a western saddle? I have tried some aussie saddles (they even have hybrid western/aussie saddles) and like the feel of them.

5. What is gymkhana? Is it like an extension of barrel racing or some sort of precursor to it?

You don't "have" to join and association. I know many do when they get to /pro/ level. As for using school horses, I find people get far to attached. At one point in time, you have to part with your partner. You don't have to have take lessons or anything either. I learned with my mare side by side, us two to ourselves and now we're winning saddles. Just take advice from the people around you who know what they're doing. Don't be afraid to ask an adult rider for help if you're having problems, it comes in handy to get advice from many people. I'd personally buy either a started barrel horse, or a nice green horse if you have the ability to work and learn together. Now gymkhana is a 'rodeo' with different events. The one I compete in has events like - Straight Away, Speed Barrel, Bow-Tie, Modified Stake, Obsticle, Flag Race, and so on. As for saddles, I've never seen a limitation on saddles. I'd grab a barrel saddle just in case. You can always ask at the competition before you ride on what's required. I hope this helps some. Anymore questions?? (:

BarrelracingArabian 04-26-2013 10:17 PM

Wow no ^^ you will want lessons, you will want a finished horse and you most definitely don't want to start with a green horse. I did that and it got beyond frustrating, think about it,neither know what you are doing you see everyone else having fun and winning while you struggle to even figure out how to properly trot the pattern, it's not fun.
You will want to eventually find a good barrel horse with a couple years under their belt . There is so much to barrels that you can easily ruin a young, green or any horse really if you don't do it right. It is much more fun to have a horse that know and can teach you while you learn rather then you learning and teaching him/her.
I would say yes you would want a barrel saddle especially if you are wanting to go pro you want a saddle that will really hold you in cause those pro horses aren't pro for no reason haha.
There are several barrel racing thread on here.

Aesthetic 04-26-2013 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian (Post 2359905)
Wow no ^^ you will want lessons, you will want a finished horse and you most definitely don't want to start with a green horse. I did that and it got beyond frustrating, think about it,neither know what you are doing you see everyone else having fun and winning while you struggle to even figure out how to properly trot the pattern, it's not fun.
You will want to eventually find a good barrel horse with a couple years under their belt . There is so much to barrels that you can easily ruin a young, green or any horse really if you don't do it right. It is much more fun to have a horse that know and can teach you while you learn rather then you learning and teaching him/her.
I would say yes you would want a barrel saddle especially if you are wanting to go pro you want a saddle that will really hold you in cause those pro horses aren't pro for no reason haha.
There are several barrel racing thread on here.

I guess we all have perspectives, but everyone I've talked to including myself preferred a 'green' or beginner barrel horse. They said learning together rather than learning from a horse was easier. I find barrel racing instructors so....irritating.

CLaPorte432 04-26-2013 10:28 PM

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Wow, agree with the No!

you DO want lessons, and you DO want an experienced horse to work on. Much much easier to learn on. Green+Green equals major confusion and frustration And a ruined horse!
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BarrelRacer23 04-26-2013 10:30 PM

[QUOTE=JungleJulia;2356361]Hello!

New to the forum and barrel racing. This was a sport I've wanted to get into six years ago but instead did english (hunter/jumper). I rode, believe it or not, six days a week. I was obsessed with riding and becoming a better rider. Haven't ridden in six years but haven't forgotten what I learned either. I will be doing a rider eval tomorrow (yay!)

Now that I want to seriously focus on barrel racing (i'm not kidding), couple of questions:

1. What is with joining an association? I don't understand what the associations are for.
associations are just groups, mainly to run for points and to qualify for state and nationals or world. Any non member can run at most association show some charge a fee. There are higher level associations like WPRA, but associations like IBRA and NBHA who are pretty known are for all levels of riders.

2. I'm trying out some stables to see which I like best to start with. I know I will be using school horses but when I get to a level like loping and doing like an absolute begginers' competition, will I use a school horse?
If you ask around you may find a horse to lease. Typically people buy a finished barrel horse to learn on. It's best to get with a trainer and let them help you.

3. I don't own a horse at all sadly enough. Would it be possible to later lease or horse or would it be better to eventually buy a barrel racing horse?
Look above

4. When barrel racing, is it a requirement to ride/race solely in a western saddle? I have tried some aussie saddles (they even have hybrid western/aussie saddles) and like the feel of them.
you can use any saddle, but a barrel saddle is designed for the job

5. What is gymkhana? Is it like an extension of barrel racing or some sort of precursor to it?
Gymkhana is more of fun events, some have their own associations. Most shows will only have barrels, pole bending and sometimes flag racing. Gymkhanas have more events.

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Aesthetic 04-26-2013 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 (Post 2360065)
Wow, agree with the No!

you DO want lessons, and you DO want an experienced horse to work on. Much much easier to learn on. Green+Green equals major confusion and frustration And a ruined horse!
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My horse isn't ruined? Then again, I guess it all depends on the horse and how much help you get. I got a lot of help from other riders around me, but the people who gave lesson were very, uptight. They shunned my mare because she was a lazy bag of fat after she foaled. -.-

BarrelracingArabian 04-26-2013 10:32 PM

They know what they are doing and will keep you from ruining a horse. Even my trainer who I just getting back into it and getting her pro card again next year grabbed an experienced 17yr old to get back into the swing of things. It will just irritate a new runner to have to train a new horse when they don't know what they are doing. Any trainer can be irritating but I'd rather get lightly annoyed and do it right then be miserable an ruin a horse.

Aesthetic 04-26-2013 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian (Post 2360169)
They know what they are doing and will keep you from ruining a horse. Even my trainer who I just getting back into it and getting her pro card next year grabbed an experienced 17yr old to get back into the swing of things. It will just irritate a new runner to have to train a new horse when they don't know what try are doing. Any trainer can be irritating but I'd rather get lightly annoyed and do it right then be miserable an ruin a horse.

True True, there are really only two in this area that are willing to train. And i had personal/family problems with both. Disregard my first post xD I took the hard way into the barrel racing world

waresbear 04-26-2013 10:40 PM

Aesthetic, you are a gifted, talented rider, and unfortunately, in the small minority. Most who start out on their own with no idea of what to do, other than run the horse around a can, end up being a mess.


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