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post #1 of 3 Old 02-12-2020, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel Racing?

Hi! I’m not really new to horses, but I’m far from experienced. I’ve grown up with horses and I’m fairly experienced in horses compared to a new rider. I’ve never owned a horse myself before, but I do ride consistently at a stables. I ride “basic” Western (see! I’m such a noob) By that I mean I can control my horse at a walk, jog, and lope by using my body, etc. But I’m far from a true horseman, and far from being ready for a horse of my own.

Anyway, this rambling intro did have a purpose, never fear! I’m interested in barrel racing/ just becoming a better rider (lol, like reigning, etc) but I did have a few questions.

1. Is barrel racing, done correctly, inhumane? I know there are probably a few tried and true cowboys and girls on here but that’s not my style at all. I love Parreli’s method of going with the feel (is that spelled right? i guess im a fake fan) and would train my horse like that if I had one. I’m not interested in anything that could have a negative impact on the animal. (p.s. yes, i am a vegan. *lol*)

2. How much should I be paying for lessons? There is a stable near me that offers lessons for $50, is that cheap? expensive?

3. The sad truth is, I won’t be able to pay for lessons more then once or twice a week. Is that enough to get “good” at barrel racing?

I’m so sorry if this is in the wrong spot lol! I’m new 🙂
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-13-2020, 12:00 PM
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Group lessons here range from$25 to $65. Price depends on skill and level of the instructor, length of time the lesson covers, your horse or theirs, did they come to you or you go to them. Private are more expensive.

IMO if you are looking at a particular discipline then you need to find someone that is experienced and can help you develop the skills you need. You'll also need a horse to compete with so that could be an issue if you don't have your own.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-13-2020, 12:29 PM
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Is it humane, done correctly?

Fallon Taylor and Baby Flo (I think it was them???) have ran with no headstall or reins...ergo no bit (A lot of people get hung up on ALL BITS ARE BAD and they are fanatics about it). Charmayne James, back in the day, had a headstall fall apart mid-run... she and her horse finished with no bit, no bridle, no reins.

As with any sport, you'll see people with horses that are treated like Kings and Queens and they have a partnership with their horse - they're a well coordinated team, with both doing their jobs and doing them well.

Then... well. Then there's the other side of the coin and it's in every discipline, no matter where in the world you go.

Yes, its humane, done correctly.

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