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    05-18-2009, 08:36 PM
  #1
Weanling
how to get a barrel horse to go faster???

I have a 4 yr old tn walker cross mare and I've been training her for barrels for about 2 months now and she is running them barely above a lope now.i usually don't have time to whip her to make her go faster because of her big strides and I really don't ike the idea of spurs much,she is really good at barrels and since I have an arena at home almost 2x the size of a training corral im going to go to the local horse show arena when their not doing shows and im going to try her out in a big arena with proprer footing and space.so how far apart do I set the barrels and how do I make it so she does the fastest time possible???ill try to get a video when I go.
     
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    05-18-2009, 08:57 PM
  #2
Trained
Conditioning will bring you speed as well as running a consistent, balanced pattern.

As far as placings on your barrels, it depends on the size of your arena but the standard pattern is 45 feet from timer to first barrel, 90 feet between first and second, and 105 between the 1st and 3rd and 2nd and 3rd.

     
    05-18-2009, 09:31 PM
  #3
Weanling
Tn walkers aren't necessarily built for speed, honey. And she may just not feel comfortable running. My 6yr old TB still doesn't LIKE to run. He's just not made for it. Great on trails? Yes. Great on the barrel and pole patterns? Yes. Fast at any of them? No. I'm new to the site, but I can see a lot of interesting things! Good luck with your endeavors, and since she is still young, it may just take a little more time!
     
    05-18-2009, 09:56 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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.
     
    05-18-2009, 09:58 PM
  #5
Trained
She's probably never going to be your 1D barrel horse or running at the NFR, but there are ways to add speed. If she has the heart for it, there are ways to help her. Proper conditioning, trot sets with some sprinting, and balanced patterns are the way.
     
    05-18-2009, 10:00 PM
  #6
Started
I think she needs some more time on barrels. 2 months is not long enough to be going out and running them. In my opinion. It sounds like she is not quite confident on them yet to be running. Spend some more time loping and trotting around them and what not, and I think she will get braver and go faster. Good luck!!
     
    05-18-2009, 10:05 PM
  #7
Trained
I totally missed that. I haven't been reading very well today for some reason.

In most cases, if the horse is 4 and has been on barrels for 2 months, you need more slow, suppling, basic work before you worry about speed.
     
    05-20-2009, 12:34 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Conditioning will bring you speed as well as running a consistent, balanced pattern.

As far as placings on your barrels, it depends on the size of your arena but the standard pattern is 45 feet from timer to first barrel, 90 feet between first and second, and 105 between the 1st and 3rd and 2nd and 3rd.


I ride my horse for 2 hours everyday so she will be strong enough.i trail ride her,jump her,and barrel race her and she is in pretty good condition but right now im looking at muscle builders so she can be even more durable.
     
    05-20-2009, 12:38 PM
  #9
Weanling
She isnt full tn walker though.the person who I got her from also had quarter horses and a tn walker herd.so I think she mighteve been an unplanned breeding with one of his quarter horses.
     
    05-20-2009, 01:40 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by chika1235    
i ride my horse for 2 hours everyday so she will be strong enough.i trail ride her,jump her,and barrel race her and she is in pretty good condition but right now im looking at muscle builders so she can be even more durable.
Hills, hills and more hills. Lots of walking and trotting. Cantering and galloping build endurance and wind.
     

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