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post #1 of 7 Old 03-12-2016, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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barrel racing.

I'm looking to start barrel racing, but where would I buy a barrel horse at? I would need one that already knew the pattern, and wouldn't want to spend too much, I know it's expensive but don't want to break bank on my first one. I'm 16, so if have to get help from my parents. anyone have tips to get parents to support this?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-12-2016, 06:46 PM
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I'm not sure where you live, but here, there are new barrel horses for sale every single day on local buy/sell equine Facebook groups and websites like Dreamhorse and EquineNow.

Do you have a trainer or instructor or anyone that could help you make a wise purchase?
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Hi! What's your experience with horses to start with?

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I live in central Texas, and no I don't have a trainer or instructor.
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I'm not sure where you live, but here, there are new barrel horses for sale every single day on local buy/sell equine Facebook groups and websites like Dreamhorse and EquineNow.

Do you have a trainer or instructor or anyone that could help you make a wise purchase?
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hi I have had horses my whole life, and I did have a barrel horse, but my parents got rid of all our horses awhile back.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-13-2016, 01:56 AM
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Firstly, get with a trainer. Not only will they be able to help you get ready to compete, but they will probably have an "in" on the kind of horse you need.
Secondly, there is no convincing your parents if they've already said no. Trying to push them, or go around them only breeds trouble. So, my suggestion: have an adult conversation with them about what you want, abd the work your willing to do to get it, in a mature and well manored fashion.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-13-2016, 03:41 AM
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You could always consider a lease as well, that's what I do.
I get to ride as much as I want, but I don't have any responsibility for feeding or injuries, plus I can try out many different horses and see what I really want when I go to buy one.

Maybe you could check out a few barrel racing training barns and take a few lessons, see if any of them would be willing to lease you a horse while you're on the hunt for your own?
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