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I bought by barrel gelding when he was 3 with 30 days of reining training and nothing else. He was bucking off his older rider and was a handful, not registered or anything special. So i got him for $500. Now at age 7 i would call him a seasoned barrel horse and all around horse. He rides english or western, has won many pleasure, equitation, and trail classes. Along with buckles and such from barrel races! He's jumped 3 feet (looked like a mile high to me!) and isnt spooky. I ride him but so does my 6 year old sister.

But i've noticed while we're winning things, its never in the 1D-2D. Its always in the 3D-4D. I'm afraid he just doesnt have the speed I need. We've been to numerous Martha Josey clinics, and they tell me he's turning great, just need to hustle. I had to laugh and tell them that I was pushing him as fast as he'd go!

So im passing him to my sister and am in the market for a barrel horse with some speed. Turns out good ones are going for $12,000! Which I dont have. So i thought i'd get one with speed (but not crazy) and can be trained for barrels. But I cant find a decent horse, priced decent. It seems to be either $800 for an unbroke horse or $10,000 for a trained barrel horse.

Is there nothing in between?!
 

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My advice would be to look for another deal like you got with your horse. Find a young horse maybe a long yearling or a green broke 2 year old with good conformation and temperament. If you can find a good prospect that is probably the most cost efficient way to go. I'm no expert in choosing prospects, so I would not do it myself unless I had someone with a much more experienced eye than myself helping. Good luck.
 

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barrel horses aren't hard to find. You just have to be patient and really look. I'm buying a 1D mare from a friend of mine for $1,200, but she is allowing me to make monthly payments on her.


If you find a good barrel horse, don't be afraid to try the horse out. BUT.....dont ask to ride the horse in a show or rodeo. We had a girl try that with my friend, before she sold her to me, and the girl just wanted to put 500 down on the mare, run her in a rodeo....and more than likely we wouldn't have seen the horse again.
 

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Find a young horse maybe a long yearling or a green broke 2 year old with good conformation and temperament. If you can find a good prospect that is probably the most cost efficient way to go.
We don't show, but this is what I would do, too.

Horse prices are all over the map, but around here I've noticed that they are more or less grouped into 3 categories.

1) Unregistered, not broke, auction, vices, etc... cheap to free.
2) Well bred, started/green broke, good prospects... 'reasonable'
3) Experienced show horses with good performance records... expensive

No one I know has enough $$s for #3, so they'll pick #1 or #2 based on the 'risk' they want to take and the $$s they want to spend.

Do look around a lot though as prices also vary a lot on how financially motivated the seller is.
 

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Ive found several "started" barrel horses or prospects for good prices. I bought mine from
barrelhorseworld.com

There are a lot of really great horses on there. You can narrow down the prices to what you want to pay.
I've noticed that there are several folks out there that are trying to pump up the prices of horses before the market is there to back it up.
I won't spend more than what I think a horse is worth...and to me... a horse is still a slab of meat on four legs. Which just means I'm not paying an arm and a leg for livestock...so naturally I'm a bargain hunter. This is still a buyers market. The asking prices are often not set in stone. If you see a horse you like, go try him out and make an offer. Worst they can say is no.
 

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I Personally would not buy a horse "started" in barrels.

I think it is a waste of money seeing as most people start a barrel horse by running it around a pattern a few hundred times and not much else in the way of suppling and flexibility training.

Plus most of them are so "hot" form being soured to the start gate already, you would spend more retraining it than just buying a good prospect.

Maybe you could just find a nice prospect(3-5yr old) that has a bit of reining training on him or a well rounded horse with no barrel training, but potential? Or buy a greenie with potential and train it up?

If you do look for a "started" barrel horse, make sure it was not "started" in barrels until after it was 4 or so, to make sure it's joints will hold up, but have it checked anyway just to be sure.

Just my 2 cents...
 

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I Personally would not buy a horse "started" in barrels.

I think it is a waste of money seeing as most people start a barrel horse by running it around a pattern a few hundred times and not much else in the way of suppling and flexibility training.

Plus most of them are so "hot" form being soured to the start gate already, you would spend more retraining it than just buying a good prospect.

Maybe you could just find a nice prospect(3-5yr old) that has a bit of reining training on him or a well rounded horse with no barrel training, but potential? Or buy a greenie with potential and train it up?

If you do look for a "started" barrel horse, make sure it was not "started" in barrels until after it was 4 or so, to make sure it's joints will hold up, but have it checked anyway just to be sure.

Just my 2 cents...
I totally agree. I'd either scrap up the money and get an experienced barrel horse or start from scratch and get a greenie with good bloodlines/conformation.
 

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I can't say much to the barrels. I've been around every event you can think of, but I don't pay as much attention to that. When I'm looking for a horse, I look for prospects. Just because I like putting in the real training myself. It takes a while to know what to look for, but once you can, your better off than a lot of people. But then if you take the prospect and can't train it, well your up a creek without a paddle. It's risky....I like risk though. >;)
 

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well if it wasnt for ur sister you could sell him for 15-20k with all he does but i would find a nice 2yro or 3 green and u can finish dont start running barrels early!!!! you will break a horse down that way good luck
 
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