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post #1 of 13 Old 03-21-2009, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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tn walker barrel racer???

i have a 3 yr old registered tn walker wanting to barrel race her.she already knows all her groundwork and is very well balanced.the problem is ive never tried to really get her to run to see how fast she can go.right now ill just cluck and shell go at a pace slightly above a canter.she has good muscling and is doing well with everything im teaching there anyother tn walker barrel racers?ill try and get pics tommorow.i havent tried her yet on the barrels because of a lot of people saying i should take it slow on her.any help would be appreciated.ive started quarter horses on barrels but never tn walkers.she has a really good gait and is smooth.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-21-2009, 11:23 PM
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i've seen belgians barrel race . . . i cant see why she could do well . . . i barrel race my ottb for fun and he beats all qhs

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years ago a girl down the road took her tw to a local barrel race everyone was laughing when she put a english saddle on it. they werent laughing after she smoked them all.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-22-2009, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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wow i didnt know that english saddles were allowed in barrel races!i tried an english saddle with her and she started rearing and i was like forget it im bringing out my western saddle and busting her up!
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-23-2009, 02:26 PM
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wow i didnt know that english saddles were allowed in barrel races!i tried an english saddle with her and she started rearing and i was like forget it im bringing out my western saddle and busting her up!

Depends on the type of Organization you run Barrels in or any other competition for that matter.

My wife rode one of our Horses once with an English Saddle in a WP Show, because they would not allow her time to change saddles and she one 1st place.

Were working on a Belgian to do both WP and Dressage, cross your

If your TWH likes to do Barrels, go for it.....


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post #6 of 13 Old 03-23-2009, 04:25 PM
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I don't know if they still hold the walking horse celebration at Miller Collesium in Murfreesboro, TN...but they did the semester I was at MTSU...they had walking horses doing EVERYTHING! Jumping, dressage, cart, AND barrel racing! It was pretty cool to see how versitile the breed really is...although I did get a laugh out of one guy that racked his horse to a jump and popped over it. Lol!

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post #7 of 13 Old 03-23-2009, 06:03 PM
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I have barrel raced a TN walker, and we won #1.
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-23-2009, 06:28 PM
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I don't see a problem with it, I think any horse could do it with the proper training. You could start by walking the barrels at first, or practice going around one, and making you're tight turns then adding speed. Wrapping the legs could help so that you're horse doesn't get hurt or anything. Does you're horse know how to neck rein?
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-23-2009, 07:25 PM
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Any breed can do about anything, as long as they like it. Don't disregard barrels because of her breed. I say go for it
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-24-2009, 12:04 PM
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Go for it! My TW gelding just turned three, and when he gets a lil older (four or five) I plan on teaching him barrels just for fun...

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