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post #41 of 52 Old 02-01-2010, 12:23 PM
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It's funny, but I just thought of something you can really equate barrel racing with:

Don't think of barrel racing as a discipline. Think of barrel racing as the competition you use to show off your reining horse

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post #42 of 52 Old 02-01-2010, 12:31 PM
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That is a great way to think about it!!!^^ Good Job Macabre!

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post #43 of 52 Old 02-01-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
It's funny, but I just thought of something you can really equate barrel racing with:

Don't think of barrel racing as a discipline. Think of barrel racing as the competition you use to show off your reining horse

I absolutely love that description. Thanks so much!
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post #44 of 52 Old 02-05-2010, 06:36 PM
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Here's the first part. The second part has pictures but I will type up the words for you...I just thought I should give this finished peice to you since I'm already a few days late. Enjoy!

From The Ground Up
By: Sherry Cervi, with J. Forsberg Meyer

A performance horse takes a lot of pounding on his legs and feet, especially if he competes in speed events. If you run barrels, as I do, your horse is subject to the stresses of sprinting, sudden slow-downs, and sharp turns.
To keep my barrel horses sound over the long haul, I've developed a plan that addresses both the maintenance needs of hard-working legs, and the ground-savvy I need as a rider to give my horses the best chance to perform well and avoid injury.
I'm going to share all my strategies with you. I'll talk first about ground issues, then show you the key ingredients of my leg-maintenance plan.

Ground Control
In a perfect world, every competitive venue would have the same ideal ground, and every horse would run well on it. We don't live in a perfect world, of course, but there are things you can do to improve the odds your horse will perform well and safely at all the events on your schedule.
First, know that horses have their own preferences. Some run better on deeper ground; other prefer their ground a bit harder and slicker. Knowing which your horse favors will guide you when you plan how to compensate for different types of ground.
Then do a little detective work before the event in question to find out what the ground there will be like. Ground conditions can vary for a variety of reasons, and one of them is geographic area. Ground in California and Arizona, for example, tends to be harder and slicker on average, while in Texas and Florida it tends to be deeper and therefore stickier.
How often the ground is groomed can magnify or minimize these differences. For example, at rodeos the ground is typically dragged after every 10 or 12 runs. If you and your horse go toward the end of the set, the “bottom” of the ground, whether deep or shallow, will be more apparent by the time of your run.
By contrast, at single-event venues like jack-pots, the ground is groomed after every 5 or so runs. That equalizes the effect of the ground's depth somewhat, making it a little less critical.
If you don't already know what the ground will be like at the event your attending, call around among people you trust to find out. If possible, don't take just one person's opinion; try to find two or three riders who are familiar with the ground in question and can describe it for you. That way, the individual preferences of their own horses won't overly influence the information you gather.
If it turns out the ground at the event will be different from what you have in your own arena, try to find ground that approximates the event's to make a few practice runs on. For example, if your ground is deep and the event's will be relatively shallower/slicker, see if you can find someone-a neighbor or a friend's place you can haul to?-who has shallow ground you can practice on before the event.
The more prepared you and your horse are, the less chance the ground you run on will slow you down or cause injury.

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post #45 of 52 Old 02-07-2010, 06:21 PM
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I completly agree with paintspwn....
everyone has their own thoughts and beliefs..what works for some dosnt always work for others it all depends on the horse.
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post #46 of 52 Old 02-10-2010, 01:32 AM
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I have barrel raced for many years and it's an amazing sport that when done right really has the rider and horse working as a team. I don't know what race you went to but I rarely see lame horses, and most people I know spend more money on giving their horses the best care then they spend on themselves by FAR and I am one of those people. You need to have knowledgable people though, you can easily screw up a horse if you put them on the pattern to fast and push them to hard....I take it slow with my horses and people who say they these horses get yanked on and spurred all the time is ridiculous, I DO NOT yank on my horses head and GOOD riders don't at all, our horses are usually taught to turn by listening to your body language, my horses start to rate as soon as I sit, and the only spurs I wear are bumper spurs since I am 5"4 and my horses are 15.2 and up. This sport my look easy but it's hard and takes a lot of work and just the right horse...I have sold many horses over the years just because we didn't fit, there has to be a connection. AND my horses LOVE to run barrels, they get bored doing any other work, but my horses are also well enoughed trained that I can put kids on them. also you can work a horse on the pattern more then once a week, but you should RUN them through all the time, I rarely run my horses through the barrels except at races.
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post #47 of 52 Old 02-10-2010, 01:37 AM
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also using reining horses as barrel horses isn't usually very easy, and this is a equine sport, the problem with trying to use a reining is one ....they aren't built for speed like these horses are and also they are taught to stop hard with you would have to retrain them to turn when you sit otherwise you are going to be crashing into some barrels head first. We spend lots of money, and training for these horses and they are like family to us and they are also how a lot of us make our living so don't enter a sport if you don't respect it.

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post #48 of 52 Old 03-31-2010, 12:41 AM
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i compete in barrel racing as well as many of my friends i keep my horses from becoming crazed running machines maunly by working mainly on loads of collection,trail riding, walking and slowing down rather than constanly speed speed speed so my horses are in no way uncontrolable(sp?). It depends on the rider but i don't think barrel racing is any worse then bareback bronc riding and reining any event you do has consequences. You don't have to pull hard if you train right and not all barrel racers spur spur spur pull back and spur some more i think that is an opinion because none of the barrel racers i ride around do this.
That is my opinion but good luck with your horse :]

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post #49 of 52 Old 03-31-2010, 10:17 PM
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being involved in barrels... i resent some comments about barrel racers, but yes i do agree most barrels racers think spur spur spur is what is gonna make the horse go. My old barrel horse would literally walk the pattern if left in the arena alone. A lot of the horses if trained properly dont need to be continually spurred. But i do agree with kevin. I cant stand some of my competitors.
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post #50 of 52 Old 04-01-2010, 03:45 PM
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I hate seeing women spurring the crap out of their horses, than pulling the crap out of their mouths and spurring again.

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