So, barrel racing is really starting to be my thing. I love it more than poles, flags, and any other event. It is just awesome. However, the only shows I have done have been with my trainer's horse, and he is VERY seasoned, older, and you barely have to touch him after he has entered the arena because he will go on his own(with a little guidance of course). \
Now, I am ready to start my own horse so that I don't have to ask my trainer every two weeks to ride his horse. My horse Trigger is currently at training with my trainer to break him(he is green broke now), and when he comes back, we will get to work with him on barrels, but first I will be doing light trail riding and riding around the house to get any vices and boogers out of him.
The horse I am interested in training is 8. A little old, I know, but I believe he has the potential to do good for the level that I am competing at. He was previously a cutting horse, but he had a hoof injury, and they retired him from showing for a while. My uncle, a farrier, worked with his front hoof for a few months, and now it is completely as it was before he injured it, and we got the vet's ok to start doing events again. He is a VERY willing horse, not exactly a beginner horse, but Five is the horse I have a real connection with, and it is like we understand each other(I told that to my mom and she started laughing at me. =S), sounds a little crazy, but it is true.
Now, he is a very supple horse. He can disengage his hindquarters, and I taught him how to do lead changes(he has got the basic concept anyways, now we are trying to perfect it). He understands go and whoa perfectly, and because he was a cutting horse, he can move like a fly.
Build wise: he has got it. I think I will need to take him out on some daily jogs(or trots :P) around our back pasture(it has this huge hill that can definitely work those muscles back into shape) and maybe do some refreshing(after all, he has been a trail horse for the past while).
So, I have read the articles, looked through here, asked the people at my local saddle club, and I have the basic jist of how to train them, but I think with his background it will be easier for him to learn. Plus, he has already been introduced to the flashing lights, loud noises, and random drunks of the horse show world. :P
Tell me what you think. Should I just wait for my horse Trigger to be ready for this(he is a youngster and a speed demon), or should I go ahead and get practice training a horse who might be able to handle the competition better than Trigger. =]
Thanks!(and sorry I wrote a novel! )
Red Money Maker (Red) - 2004 Sorrel QH Gelding