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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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My guy suffered from general weakness in the hind end back in October when he was rescued. It was mainly due to being left out to pasture for 5 years untouched. We followed a strict fitness program and he's doing awesome! I've always wanted to compete in barrel racing, nothing serious just little speed shows and such. If he continues to improve could i start working with a trainer to pattern him, or would it destroy his hind end no matter how slow i go? He's hasn't been in pain, just weak. How long should i expect to wait before patterning him?
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It takes a while to teach the pattern so you can start whenever, just don't go fast until he can handle it. Don't run the barrels if he's weak, but I don't see anything wrong in walking and trotting them so long as he's alright. You could call and talk to the vet about it.
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Depends what 'weakness' means. Did a vet look at his back and hind end and tell you what was wrong?

It could be conformation and he just needs correct work. Would also mean that he isn't able to compensate for incorrect work like a more muscle bound horse would. If he wasn't been in work, there's nothing to say that what appears as 'weakness' isn't actually an injury, healed or chronic.

If it's just conformation and lack of fitness, then work slow, work correct, and there's no reason you couldn't play around with barrels.
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It takes a while to teach the pattern so you can start whenever just don't go fast until he can handle it. Don't run the barrels if he's weak, but I don't see anything wrong in walking and trotting them so long as he's alright. You could call and talk to the vet about it.
Thank you! The vet seemed to think he would be perfectly fine to start at a walk and see how it goes from there and to back off if he starts acting significantly sore or stiff. I figured it wouldn't hurt to get a little extra input on here.
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Depends on what 'weakness' means. Did a vet look at his back and hind end and tell you what was wrong?

It could be confirmed and he just needs correct work. Would also mean that he isn't able to compensate for incorrect work as a more muscle-bound horse would. If he hasn't been in work, there's nothing to say that what appears as 'weakness' isn't actually an injury, healed or chronic.

If it's just confirmation and lack of fitness, then work slow, work correctly, and there's no reason you couldn't play around with barrels.
It was a lack of fitness combined with "poor hoof angles". She had me do a lot of work on small inclines, over raised poles, and trying to get him using his hind end more under saddle.We put him on MSM and glucosamine to keep him comfortable coming back into work.
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Entirely depends on whatever the injury or 'weakness' was specifically. What lingering/lasting damage may be there. Barrel racing is HARD on horses, even without prior injuries. Just go easy & learn to 'listen' to your horse & be considerate of how he's feeling.
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Fun shows are meant to be fun so of course, go for it! Even if you trot the pattern and do a lazy canter on the home stretch. You can also get about six traffic cones from Home Depot or someplace and practice a pole bending pattern too. Those are such useful tools to help with reining, balance, and responsiveness. Even if you never go really fast, it's fun and stimulating and really breaks the boredom of arena work.
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