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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2014, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Lesson Advice!

Okay, hi there! This will probably be kinda long. Ok, so I've been taking barrel racing lessons for about a year now. It would have been more if my instructor hadn't been in her horse accident. But she lived and is going strong! Anyway, I love her and her horses (most of the time.) but we have to drive really far to get to lessons. She just picks me up after school. I finally got some bumper spurs, so now lessons are starting to get better again. My grandpa has four horses and was talking to my dad. There's a lady out near him, and closer to me too, that teaches almost everything. I want to try a little of everything, western events and even jumping she she teaches that too. But never over a foot at least. Anyways, my grandpa said I could have one of his horses to ride, so it would practically be mine! But I'm kinda worried. This horse, I think he's a foxtrotter arabian mix, is about 17 years old. He's been used for a trail horse, and I love him. But he hasn't been ridden for like forever. Maybe two times this year.

But the lady said she would ride him for a month and refresh his memory on barrels (I think he used to run barrels). But I don't know if that will be enough, or if he'll die soon, or I'll hurt him. I don't want to hurt him! And, the lady it take lessons from now is family, and I don't want it to be awkward! Ugh, I don't know what to do. I defiantly want to go to the other lady, but what do I do with my other instructor? And what about Buck, the horse? Ahh, I need help! What's your opinion? Thanks to anyone who helps!!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2014, 10:03 AM
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I would get him in shape yourself and then maybe let her give him a refresher. He will be fine if you don't over work him before he is in shape. If ridden regularly they can work many years.
My only concern would be pushing him to soon and an injury.
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We went to a barrel race this year and one of the horses running was like 18 or 19 years old and was still going like the 8 year olds! :)

Just make sure he's in shape, he's not lame, and get a vet's opinion. Since the horse hasn't been ridden for a while I have two things of advice based on your answer

A) If you are experienced and would feel comfortable riding a horse that could do the unexpected, then refresh the horse with basic riding with the lady there.Then have her refresh with barrels.

B) If you dont feel comfortable, let the lady to a refresher on basic and barrel stuff with you watching to learn.

Buck (your current horse right?) should be fine as long as you exercise him regularly. Even if it's lunging for ten minutes.

As for choosing which instructor. That's a toughie. Since your current one is family but the other one does much more. Sit down (maybe with your parents) and discuss it, make pros and cons, etc.

You'll make the right decision though. :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-26-2014, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks both of you for your great advice! I can't remember if I mentioned this or not, but I've only been taking one year or lessons (but I've been around horses almost my whole life) and Buck has only been used for trail riding and maybe hunting (carrying the meat out). I'm sorry for the inaccurate info. So no, he's never done barrels, and I'm worried about how he'll react. Again, thanks for everything!!!
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Are you wanting to start Buck on barrels?
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-26-2014, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I would like too. Only if he's capable though. I wouldn't jump with him either. I'm also worried that he won't even like running barrels and may refuse. I doubt it will happen, but you never know.
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Make sure he's able to do it per vet check and there's nothing that would hinder him right now.

Then have your trainer or a barrel trainer take him for like 60 days to get him started, then you can finish him out.
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