I bought by barrel gelding when he was 3 with 30 days of reining training and nothing else. He was bucking off his older rider and was a handful, not registered or anything special. So I got him for $500. Now at age 7 I would call him a seasoned barrel horse and all around horse. He rides english or western, has won many pleasure, equitation, and trail classes. Along with buckles and such from barrel races! He's jumped 3 feet (looked like a mile high to me!) and isnt spooky. I ride him but so does my 6 year old sister.
But i've noticed while we're winning things, its never in the 1D-2D. Its always in the 3D-4D. I'm afraid he just doesnt have the speed I need. We've been to numerous Martha Josey clinics, and they tell me he's turning great, just need to hustle. I had to laugh and tell them that I was pushing him as fast as he'd go!
So im passing him to my sister and am in the market for a barrel horse with some speed. Turns out good ones are going for $12,000! Which I don't have. So I thought i'd get one with speed (but not crazy) and can be trained for barrels. But I can't find a decent horse, priced decent. It seems to be either $800 for an unbroke horse or $10,000 for a trained barrel horse.
Is there nothing in between?!