Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Unfortunately, it's very likely she won't ever have the speed to compete in barrels. TWH simply aren't built for any sort of speed, their conformation just isn't built for that purpose and they have extremely "different" conformation compared to typical horse breeds, being gaited.
A friend of mine owns four TWH, and although her mare Jessi LOVES to run, she's slow as molasses. If I turn my Arab mare loose, we'll leave her a 1/4 mile behind within seconds.
Obviously there are some exceptions to the rule, just a warning to be prepared that she likely isn't the best barrel prospect. And thank you for agreeing on the whipping and spurring, it always bugs me to see that.