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    01-18-2009, 11:16 PM
I agree with what Buck said. A horse needs to know how to respect a snaffle before it is moved up unto a hackamore.

Personally, I would want the horse in a snaffle. Like has already been stated, your horse should be able to flex easily and willingly. Once you can get her to do this, I also get them to learn to disengage their hindquarters. The softer and more supple your horse, the faster the run.

If I read right, you said she doesn't really like to respond to woah when doing slow work. I would fix this. This may be just me, but I want things to be perfect at the slower gaits before working on the quicker gaits just because I feel it gives them a better foundation. I ride every pattern the same at a walk or a gallop.

Some people I know don't like her, but Charmayne James has a great book out that breaks down barrels and has really helped shave time off.

As far as head tossing, I would want to fix this too. (If it is just her being antsy and not a pain issue). Too many barrel horses get away with ignoring their rider because they are excited. Mine used to do this, and the way I fixed it with him was everytime he would start getting figity I would either circle him, flex him side to side, or make him back. This is a lot more work for him than just loping along, so it worked. It may be worth a try.

I don't remember if I read it or not but what kind of hack are you using on the horse?
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    01-19-2009, 12:04 AM
Green Broke
When you say hackamore I'm guessing you mean a mechanical hacakmore with a nose piece and shanks.

I am personally not a fan and I would go back down to a rope halter or snaffle and build a stronger foundation first as was suggested.

A strong foundation is very essential and if you go too fast you'll get things done, but not as nicely or as well as if you take the time to do it right.
    01-19-2009, 12:53 AM
Thanks for all the advice. This past summer she had a bit of a problem with her hocks on her back legs swelling up and getting sore. The vet looked at her and took X-Rays and couldn't find anything wrong. I stopped riding her for a month then started again and she has been fine till now. I took her to an indoor arena today and she was really sore on her left hind. I'm going to get a different vet out (who is supposed to be better) and see if he can find whats wrong. The lady who owns the arena looked at my mare and she figures that it is something that is going to flare up sometimes and sometimes it will be fine. She said that in her opinion I won't be able to use my mare for barrel racing because it will be to much stress on her leg. She also says that she thinks the problem is higher up on the leg and not her hock. Either way I'm going to get the vet out and see what he says but I'm thinking that best case scenario she will just be a trail horse.

Sorry for going on and on. This is a huge thing for me and I'm having a bit of a hard time because my dad isn't around for another 2 weeks so other than the vet I have nothing to go on.

    01-19-2009, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
Hopefully everything will work out for you
    01-19-2009, 09:25 PM
Aw, I'm sorry to hear about the horses leg. I would definitely get a (good) vets opinion before running her. Best of luck!
    01-19-2009, 11:35 PM
So the vet said that she has arthritis. So I guess the barrel racing career got shut down before it started. He gave me some supplement that is supposed to help but he said that it doesn't necessarily work as good on some horses as others. He also said that on her worse days I should give her bute to make her more comfortable. I'm really sad cause this is something that can only get worse as she gets older and I'm not looking forward to that.
    01-20-2009, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
Aww, I'm sorry to hear that
    02-17-2009, 08:19 PM
Omg that's so sad. I was working at a stable and a new english trainer had just started there, all of the horse's were starting to go lame cause they were so unfit and she was trying to retrain them. Alot of them needed serious work, and after a while so many were going bad. Then they started wrapping their legs and that really helped.

What are you planning on doing with ur horse now?
    02-18-2009, 05:26 PM
if your horse throghs its head and puts it up way to hing and pulls use a tiedown
    02-18-2009, 05:38 PM
I am trying out a supplement called Recovery EG w/HA and I am really positive that it will help.
I have been riding her this past week just at a walk because she is a bit stiff at the jog. Anyway I am using a snaffle on her. I'm also using a martingale for now just to get her to keep her head down.
I'm hoping to put a video up in the critique section because I'm not sure what to work on next with her other than working her at the jog and lope which I can't do until the supplement starts working.
She has lateral flexion really good and I can get her to counter bend and she is getting better at walking a spin. I reallize that she doesn't need to know how to spin but I figure it can't hurt. She is also stoping really well even with the snaffle.
Anyway just thought that I would update you all.

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