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post #1 of 9 Old 09-24-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Barrels or Endurance??

I don't know whether to do barrel racing or endurance. I would love to do barrels, but I don't know if I could get my horse to do it. She takes a shoulder so bad there's like a eight foot pocket on the wrong side of the barrel. Maybe it would come with practice, I don't know. Another frustrating thing is that where I keep my horse there isn't an arena big enough for a barrel pattern. And, I'm scared of falling off. I've fallen off about six times and hurt myself several times.
I'd love to do endurance riding too...it seems easier to train my horse for and it looks really fun.
Help!!!

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-24-2009, 09:24 PM
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I cant really give you any advice on the barrel racing problem, but why not try both? You can start training for endurance and in the meantime look for a place suitable for a barrel pattern. And, after you've endured those long hours in the saddle you'll soon figure out if endurance if your thing.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-24-2009, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I cant really give you any advice on the barrel racing problem, but why not try both? You can start training for endurance and in the meantime look for a place suitable for a barrel pattern. And, after you've endured those long hours in the saddle you'll soon figure out if endurance if your thing.
I have a really big problem concerning taking her to an arena...we can't get her to back out of the trailer! It took us four hours to get her out last time! We don't want to go through that every time we take her somewhere!
But I will try both! :) thanks!

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-24-2009, 11:28 PM
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Do both. Work on endurance to build her up and get ready for barrels, then work on barrels. As far as her dropping her shoulder, it sounds like she just needs consistency and training. Getting out on the trail is good for a barrel horses mentality
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-25-2009, 11:53 AM
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Also sounds like she could be on the wrong lead going into the barrel. Training for an endurance ride will certainly improve your riding. Most barrel racers aren't good riders anyway so don't worry about that.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-25-2009, 11:59 AM
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Most barrel racers aren't good riders anyway so don't worry about that.

Actually, I would worry about being a good rider. Equitation should not go out the window while barrel racing. Just because you see a bunch of idiots slamming their horses around the barrels doesn't mean you should sacrifice your riding because you can get away with it.
Picking up correct leads, finding good spots around the barrel, keeping your horse balanced are all things you can fix with training.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-25-2009, 02:14 PM
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I was hoping that my sarcasm would be picked up but I guess that was a little to subtle. Sorry
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-25-2009, 05:02 PM
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I can never read internet sarcasam, my mistake!
You'd be surprised how many people think you can just hop on a horse and get the next Scamper *headdesk*
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 01:05 PM
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I'm sorry to say it as well, but it's true, way to many barrel racers can't ride. I run barrels but I really do focus on Eq.
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