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post #1 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Hi Everyone!!

I've come to this forum manyyy times for opinions so I figured it was time for me to make an account. Here's some quick facts about me! I am 15 years old and have competed western pleasure my whole life but, I recently switched to barrel racing and I love it more than anything! I guess you could say I have a need for speed lol.

I currently have 3 horses. Elton is my oldest. He is a 15 year old gelding who is very successful in the western pleasure show world. My personal horse is Fizz. He is a 5 year old gelding who I barrel race. He is the first horse I can call mine since I paid for him with my own money, and I am beyond grateful that I found such an amazing horse and had to opportunity to purchase him. Our little one is Tori, our (almost) one year old mare. She is a western pleasure prospect and an absolute cutie!

As I am new to the barrel racing world, I am always open to tips and critiques from others. Its the best way to grow!

My favorite equestrians are Fallon Taylor and Codi Harmen, and I really hope I can meet them some day. They are both a huge inspiration to me in so many ways.

That's all I can think of now folks. I'm always open to questions and thanks for reading! Remember that kindness goes a long way so make sure you always spread joy!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 03:13 AM
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Hi & welcome Brittney,

I trust you will enjoy actually being part of the forum, tho it's a bit quiet here ATM, for obvious reasons.

Yeah, barrel racing is something I would have loved when I was a young hoon, but I'm a bit... older & mellower now. I'm sure my son, Darcy, who's 16yo would love it, but in Australia it's not that big. He, like me, does not like to watch/join many 'equestrian' competitions though, as there seem sooo many competitive types who care way more for ribbons than they do for their horses. We mainly trail ride. He often hangs back, so he can have a gallop, while I'm moseying along. Pity(for him at least) there doesn't seem to be many other teen riders in the area he can team up with instead of only me, since my daughter lost interest in horses.

Only piece of advice I'd give based on what you've said is, go easy with your 5yo. Barrel racing is HARD on horses, physically, and a 5yo is still not quite mature, so more easily damaged.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 06:37 AM
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WELCOME to the Forum!!


Barrel racing...need for speed is right, but so is the communication between horse & rider so exacting and needed.
Enjoy the journey, the path of discovery...

I can tell you that there are many competitions in your state and close surrounding states so you will have many places to go to watch others and learn.
Clinics also are plentiful in the region by the best of the best...
My friends "calf-rope and barrel race" respective to male/female classes offered, and they are darn good at it.
I know my gf take and do clinics with those mentioned and others cause I've sat observing and later going out to eat dinner with said people...
You can learn a lot by watching the staging area, warm-up of animals, actual runs about techniques, actual application of such to each individual animal.
This forum has several barrel racers who compete, train their own and work with good trainers/clinicians who share insight when asked...

Enjoy your time here with us...we look forward to hearing more about you and your animals.
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The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 01:20 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I hope you can find/offer lots of good advice here!
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-09-2020, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with you! If it was my way, he wouldn't have been started till he was 3, but his breeder had other plans... I'm in a similar situation to your son. There's no one my age to ride with! I'm right on the east coast, and most of the "horse people" are a lot further inland. Granted, it doesn't matter much now thanks to quarantine. Thanks for the advice!
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