Well, my quarter horse mare did not turn out to be what I expected. So now I am back to considering the appaloosa gelding I am riding/somewhat training with my trainer. I want to barrel race with my own horse, but I really only hear about quarter horses barrel racing and pole bending. I have a video of us.
Ok so coming from experience and other people having similiar experiences appaloosas and barrel racing don't go together. My aunt video taped all the gymkhana events that we did together and every single one there is at least one buck. Im not saying that particular appy wont like barrels but Im just saying there are a lot that don't. Oh and if you want to watch the videos go on to youtube and type in Tater the Bucking horse. No I never wore spurs to piss him off he just didn't enjoy gymkhanas. I am sorry for my crappy riding he had a rough trot and I could never sit it so my hands were everywhere. I had an easy bit in his mouth so my hands were not effecting him. I promise.
Appys can barrel race but you need to find one that has a lot of go. I have a paint that I want to turn into a barrel horse but the thing is I really have to work on getting her to go. She would rather trot than to run. Her full 4 month old sister is the same way. But her half brother at 3 months runs all over the field. He is like his mom so I will probably make him my barrel horse. Cutter will be a kids horse and just a local horse to the shows around town. I am working now on making her a western pleasure horse. Her great great great dam was a national champion in western pleasure so she could be to with a little bit of luck and training. Go with what the horse wants to do.
I'm trying to turn my appy into a barrel horse, just for fun and some local shows. She's not very fast yet but with some work I think she will! I saw some videos on youtube of a girl who trained her appy for the games... he was really slow at first but he's doing great now!
I have worked with many barrel horses in my life and have worked with some amazing trainers as well. Whcih I still work with the man that invented the 1D-4D concept. I believe that any horse will do any thing that they are capable and that horse seems very capable of it. Now he may never reach the 1D but I wouldnt worry seein that the paycheck to the 1D winners is the same as the 4D. The horse needs to be long trotted alot to get the gut gone and to strenghten his muscles. I don't like loping those little circles that you see alot of barrel racers doing because that can cause hip problems which can lead to many other problems. Just do alot of slow work in the patterns and if you speed up and he doesnt seem ready then slow down for a few more lessons.