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post #11 of 14 Old 11-10-2015, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
Barrel racers DO have a tendency to want to race outside of the show ring, although that's not a big problem to retrain.

I would disagree. Most barrel horses only get the urge to "race" when they are in a race setting. They're smart. They know when it's time to go, and when it's not.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-10-2015, 04:31 PM
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If you've been riding a while as you've stated, you should be aware that you don't need to stick to one particular breed (unless you're doing breed shows). However, if you would like to be 'serious' in the western world, look for QH types, not to say you need to stick to QHs alone though.

If you plan to barrel race but haven't quite gotten to that point, I'd be looking for a seasoned barrel horse that can show you show ropes - perhaps your trainer would know of a few for sale? Depending where you live, word of mouth is a great way to find suitable horses.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-10-2015, 07:50 PM
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Since you have some horse experience, I would consider the types of horses that you have ridden/worked with in the past and think of which ones that appealed to you the most in appearance, disposition, and training level. There are good trail horses in most every breed. There are seasoned gymkana/barrel horses that could also double as a trail horse, which would be ideal for you to learn on and give you the option to have a "barrel prospect" as your second horse. You could also have one trail horse (of any breed) and one barrel horse (preferably QH type) I think the most important thing is that the individual horse be one that works well for you, especially since these will be horses that you will not be boarding but working with on a daily basis.
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-12-2015, 09:54 PM
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If you're going to trail ride and possibly barrel race, I'd stick to Quarter Horses, Paints, Mustangs, or other stock breeds. Maybe an Appaloosa, but be careful with them because all the ones I've known have eventually gotten eye diseases or other health problems. Quarter Horses are known to get navicular, so make sure you have a vet check that out during a pre purchase exam.
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