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post #1 of 6 Old 07-20-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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starting a speed event from scratch?

i have a 10 yr old quarab mare, and she, well, has her own attitude at times. but, she is a fast learner. i was looking into doing a speed event with her. but, i really cant find her "spot" to get her to canter, or gallop for that matter. but when shes in the mood to go, she will take off like lighting. when i lope her she will go through the gates just with the whip. to trot ill just squeeze. should i whip out the spurs? they arent crazy sharp by any means. help?
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i have a 10 yr old quarab mare, and she, well, has her own attitude at times. but, she is a fast learner. i was looking into doing a speed event with her. but, i really cant find her "spot" to get her to canter, or gallop for that matter. but when shes in the mood to go, she will take off like lighting. when i lunge her she will go through the gates just with the whip. to trot ill just squeeze. should i whip out the spurs? they arent crazy sharp by any means. help?
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No, don't go for spurs (they are NOT meant to be used for sped!), and don't start speed event training until you can cue for and control the canter and gallop in the arena and on the trail. Do you, or can you, take a few lessons with a trainer to figure out your mares cues?
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I'm working on it, but I really am in this on my own. My family isn't supporting it very much. My grandma barrel raced and that's all the coaching I have. I catered/ galloped her multiple times, but shell only go when she wants to it seems like. I can control her in the canter/gallop it's just getting her to actually do it.
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How are you cuing her? How much training did she have before you got her?
Are you certain she is completely sound?
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-24-2011, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I squeez my legs. And so that doesn't work, I just use a kick and a kiss. The vet just came out a week ago. He said she was perfect. She was a trail horse and one of many one womb owned, so she didnt get ridden a lot. We got her when she was 8 and now she's 10. I just started working with her this year.
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