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    02-29-2012, 10:09 PM
Something besides the "same old?"

Hey riders!

So lately, every time I ride..we do barrels.. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love barrels and have become very proud of both my horse and myself. I want to try some new "gymkhana inspired" events that we can set up.

The types of things we have are:
Trotting Poles
Roping Dummies
Small jumps

Are there any types of things we can set up that are related to gymkhana or can help improve our barrel skills without actually just doing barrels?

Ransom is starting to love barrels and know what he's doing..but I don't want him to start becoming barrel sour..any ideas?

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    03-02-2012, 06:40 PM
Try some working equitation

    03-02-2012, 06:53 PM
Or some trail patterns. Might give your horse something to really THINK about.
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    03-02-2012, 06:53 PM
Wow, that looks like a ton of fun!
    03-02-2012, 06:55 PM
Try this Mirror KB Article - Western Training: Setting up a trail class course
    03-02-2012, 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by OkieGal    
Or some trail patterns. Might give your horse something to really THINK about.
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Trail class patterns are a great change of pace for both the horse and rider...and they keep your horse's mind busy and sharp.
    03-02-2012, 10:35 PM
That's what I was thinking.
I really like the concept of trail classes.
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    03-03-2012, 05:42 PM
Originally Posted by Sanala    
Wow, that looks like a ton of fun!
Yes it does. There's a few clubs here in the US where they do it, and since working equitation is meant to mirror the horsemanship of the various countries, riding it western would be a natural for us.

Here in the US one can ride it western, english, spanish, or portuguese.

Working equitation started in Spain and Portugal to highlight the skills and horses of the original vaqueros (or vaqueiros in Portugese). The guy in the video is Pedro Torres from Portugal, riding Oxidado (Lusitano stallion). The guy pretty much rules the sport.
    03-03-2012, 06:58 PM
Thanks for the info! I've done Warhorse Challenge for a few years now and working equitation looks right down my alley. I'll have to see if there's anything around here and do some research. I might just do some of this with my mare to freshen up her mind. She loves trail obstacles and I'm sure she'd love it if we kicked it up a notch.
    03-04-2012, 12:04 AM
I promise to not derail this any more, but I think Sanala is going to like this:

I'd kill for that guy's seat.

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