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 🙂