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    05-06-2012, 06:41 AM
She does look uncomfortable. Did you do it just for fun? Or are you seriously considering doing barrels on her? Because if so, then she will need lots of patterning before she can run barrels, or even do them at the speed in the video. She's very pretty though :)
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    05-06-2012, 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by horselover21    
Please, no bad criticism. I know a lot of horses that swish their tails. She has been checked by a vet before and it just so happens that her owners husband is a farrier so they take very good care of their horses.
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What was she specifically checked for by the vet?

Really watch her back end after she finishes the turn in this video. It could have been a fluke step (that you happened to catch on video), or else something is seriously off there. Especially in her right hind leg. She completely skips a step with it.

Very pretty horse indeed!

And my horse is heavy with halter blood lines. He runs 1D/2D barrels.
    05-06-2012, 10:27 PM
She could just be really awkward. Doesn't mean she's hurt. She just doesn't know what to do with her feet around a barrel, esp if she's never done it. I think this because she didn't even know what lead to be on. My mares QH side is halter too, and she is darn good at gaming and cattle events!!! Not one single cutter on her bloodlines anywhere, but man can she track a cow!! Lol
    05-06-2012, 11:58 PM
Thank you :) Here are some more pictures of her.
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    05-07-2012, 12:01 AM
I'm just running for fun. She isn't my horse and her owner uses her for halter and she hasn't been ridden much. She isn't skipping a step nor does she have an awkward canter. She was just bucking which caused it to look weird. And she wasn't bucking because she was in pain, it was because she hasn't been ridden in probably 1 year or so. Thanks for the concerns :)
    05-07-2012, 04:24 AM
Hun, to me, it doesn't look like she was really trying to buck. She was swapping leads and trying to figure them out. That's the "awkward" part. Like if this was her first time, she would've had no idea what you were asking. Therefore not sure of which lead to be on. That's only my opinion.
    05-07-2012, 08:20 AM
Well if I hadn't ridden her buck before, I would say the same thing, but I know what her bucks feel like and she was definetly bucking. I think it was just a weird buck that I caught on camera. And I just want to make it clear that she isnt bucking because she is in pain, its because she hasn't been ridden in a year or more and she has gotten away with bucking in the past. She is very sassy and has been sitting in the pasture doing nothing. She would rather be getting fat in the field then running lol.

I am also taking her in a show this weekend. I'm doing speed (not going to be running her hard, just trotting) and I'm also taking her in a halter class So excited! And the best part is, her owner is paying for all of my classes haha :)
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    05-07-2012, 12:48 PM
The horse seems confused and awkward. I am not convinced that was her bucking. Are you concerned that there could possibly be somethimg wrong with her, or that your asking to much of her? I wouldn't take her anywhere and trot the barrel pattern until she can walk it in her sleep. Even if its just for fun.
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    05-07-2012, 03:25 PM
That horse is definitely NOT bucking. A buck is where the horse is basically hopping up and down, kicking out in the process. (...not sure how else to describe it lol) your horse is confused ans swapping leads. She is swishing her tail because it is awkward for her to change leads. (And its very likely that she's swishing her tail because she's sassy, too.) ANY horse would do the same if it has not been patterned on barrels before. Even if it is just for fun, you need to take her slow and teach her how to turn a barrel the right way. Im not dissing you or anything, that's just what I see and what I think needs to happen.
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    05-07-2012, 05:00 PM
She doesn't just buck when I run her on barrels. Its basically the first time I canter her at the beginning of a ride or when I'm asking her to go faster than she wants to. She's not in pain. She's just really lazy and sassy and that is also why her buck is weird. Also she IS definetly bucking. Even her owner says that it was a buck and she has been riding her for 3 years. Her owner says that she has always bucked.

The show that I'm taking her to is at the barn where she is located so it's basically a fun show just to start off the show season for me. I won't be running her hard and it will only be once in her lifetime and I didnt have enough time to pattern her so it will be strictly for FUN :)
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