My horse is about 28 years old and is in overall good health and shape. I just want to practice with him so id only do it 2 or 3 times a week. Plus he has done barrel racing for quite a few years.Is he to old???
As long as he can comfortably run the pattern, then no, he isn't too old. I personally wouldn't really ask him to go full out but he should be fine for practice and probably even an event or 2 if you were interested.
If your horse enjoys it, and he is relatively good shape, I see no problem with it.
There was a thread similar to this one started a day or 2 ago. I will give you the same advice I gave to the OP of that thread:
A training tip for you:
Slow work can be just as (if not more) effective as fast paced work. Running perfect patterns at the walk/trot will translate to better runs when you put the speed into the mix. It is also better on the horse.
Read more: http://www.horseforum.com/barrel-rac...#ixzz0wRCLNJXA
If you want to read through that thread, this is the link to it ^.
EDIT*: I will warn you that some of the posts are somewhat blunt.
thnx and he is in good shape cause just today i took him for a trail ride and he did great and he just wanted to go go go
No horse is ever to old if their in good shape. One of my top barrel horses just turned 26 yesterday and she is still running strong.
go for it . i have a 29 year old pony that i just retired out in the paddock and she still has heaps of go in her.
If your horse is in good shape, healthy, and loves it then go for it!!!
A girl I know retired an arabian barrel horse at 31 so I dont think its a problem at all ;)
My pony is 21. He hates barrel racing one time I was in a rodeo and he only did two barrels.
If he is still in good condition let him run his heart out :) I know that one of my borders has a 30 year old that is in great shape for her age and is still playing around with barrels and she loves it!
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