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post #1 of 5 Old 04-21-2019, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Which horse is the better option?

Hello, I was looking at getting a horse for getting into barrel racing (I’m 17 years old so I hope it’s not too late lol) and I have 2 that I can get rn but I don’t know which is the Better option. 1) is a 19 year old retired barrel mare, that is 14 hands and was just retired due to age apparently but is still super fast, and loves the barrels 2) is a 10 year old gelding that hasn’t been ridden in a year, but used to be ridden infumables and possibly did barrels, and is 14.1 hands but the current owner has no idea on speed or anything
Which of the two sounds better, obviously the mare has more experience but I’m worried about her being too old, and opinions would be great! Thank you!!
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If you are looking for a horse to get into barrel racing with, get the mare. Make sure you get a thorough PPE on her.

If you are looking for a project horse to train for barrels, and you already have experience both in racing and training, get the gelding.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-21-2019, 08:36 AM
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The mare, all the way.

You're 17 and just getting into = needing to learn.
When learning you don't go fast....
You start by learning how your body control will help your horses control to run clean & fast.

If you've ever driven a car, you didn't learn to drive by getting in and stomping on the gas...you learned by slowly going faster as you learn to control that speed. Horse is no different.
Then again, if you learned to drive not by slow, methodical means then you are prone to crash as you could be the mediocre driver in skills... Horse isn't going to appreciate wrecking.

Get the mare....
Get that PPE and find out what ails her if anything and address it and help her to teach you what you need to know.
She knows her job if a good horse and could do this in her sleep which is the kind of horse a beginner needs...been there and done it.
Over time, as you improve you watch for a prospect to train and bring along slowly to a new great partner...but that is years down the road.
To say you are to "old" is baloney!!
Many people in there 40's or older are still racing and very competitive...age is a mind thing.
They didn't all start as a kid either...
It is want, will and mindset that determine how you do, what you accomplish in your lifetime...that and a pocketbook to afford your dreams and ambitions.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-24-2019, 09:49 AM
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Horse for barrel

Riders who are new to the world of barrel racing should focus primarily on an older horse with a solid barrel racing foundation.

Barrel racing requires split-second decisions, and a green rider paired with an inexperienced horse is a disaster waiting to happen. Barrel racing horses often run well into their teens and twenties, so novice riders shouldn't steer away from horses that are a little long in the teeth.
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