Is my barrel mare hot,anxious,excited,OR disrescpectful? What are the boundaries? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2015, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is my barrel mare hot,anxious,excited,OR disrescpectful? What are the boundaries?

I am currently training my 15 year old paint mare barrels, poles, and speed events alike. I started her last year and for not knowing anything about it previous to purchasing her, she caught on quite well winning me a Reserve Speed Champion title. She doesn't have them perfected yet but is definitely coming along; however, I recently ran her and she was very very hot. I ran the pattern and she continued to run and turn and stop, but I didn't feel like she was "listening." Wasn't sure if maybe I just wasn't used to this enthusiasm or if maybe she was being disrespectful. I have started to go back to ground work to gain more respect, but wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this problem.
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I know nothing about barrels, but I have read that it is a good idea to NOT practice the whole pattern very often, as the horse can get very hot from anticipating the pattern.
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Take her out of speed events and go back to basics. I own a very hot blooded barrel horse and while he's hot he never is out of control or feels like he could be. There is a fine line between the two things and must not let her cross it.
Because you have said that she is not fully trained thats why I have said to go back to basics. To run speed events any horse must fully understand how to give to pressure, be it leg or rein pressure, be able to stop, be able to do flying lead changes and so on. All of these things have to be automatic to have a completely controllable "hot" horse. Before you run her again make sure all of these things are down with the slightest of ques. Also, at home practicing, never run the barrel or pole pattern. If you have to practice its always at a trot, so that she doesn't always relate a barrel with running. She needs to know at all times that what you say goes NOW and you dictate speed always.
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How often do you work speed events?
It is VERY VERY important to give speed event horses other things to do like trail riding, slow work, obstacle courses etc. It sounds like she may be on the verge of becoming "sour". Id take her out and start working on some other things only work the barrels once a week with one lope through if you feel it necessary. If you are working her any more then that you WILL burn her out.

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First of all, welcome to the forum!

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I am currently training my 15 year old paint mare barrels, poles, and speed events alike.


Strictly because of your horse's age, have you ever taken her to a vet for a full lameness evaluation? Speed events are very hard on a horse's body, especially when they are a little older. To keep them in good running shape, and to prevent any problems, I routinely have my horse's checked by a good vet.

Also, make sure her teeth are examined at least once a year (For good dental care) and it is always a good idea to have them checked by a chiro.

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I started her last year and for not knowing anything about it previous to purchasing her, she caught on quite well winning me a Reserve Speed Champion title.


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She doesn't have them perfected yet but is definitely coming along; however, I recently ran her and she was very very hot. I ran the pattern and she continued to run and turn and stop, but I didn't feel like she was "listening." Wasn't sure if maybe I just wasn't used to this enthusiasm or if maybe she was being disrespectful.


If she was not listening to you, then she's not listening to you. Disrespectful!

It's always a very fine line when dealing with gaming/barrel horses. You want them to have that extra "fire" in their feet, but yet you need to always maintain control. Always.

Were you at a show with this episode, or were you at home?

I would slow her back down. Get control back. Get her listening to you. If you need to, enter her at a show but make her take it slow. It is much easier to "head off" a problem ahead of time, than to try a fix a horse that has already developed bad habits.

Also, do you do any slow events with her, such as western pleasure, ranch horse, reining, etc? That would be good for her mind too, so that she learns it isn't always run-run-run when she's in the arena.

I do every single event with my horses so that they learn when it's time to run and when it's time to do something else. They don't get "on the muscle" until I give them the cue to do so. I am very specific with them so they learn to know exactly what I want and exactly what is going on.
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Welcome to our forum!

I don't have a clue about training a horse to run barrels, but I've gotten many, many horses for "trail training" because they were burned out on barrels and arenas. And because of that I can't practice gymkhanas! I like what was said about mixing it up with trails or other things and practice the pattern at a trot.

IMO the first thing you need to do is gain respect and control, then move up. I would love to do our local gymkhanas, but the horses I get in just absolutely hate it so I won't push them into it. It's funny, I can do the same things out in the desert, but put them in an arena and they're "burnt".

Bring her down a couple steps and let her know it's fun not work.
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