How do you choose the best colt starter for a barrel prospect??
I have a coming two year old colt that I need to send to the trainer shortly and want to get the best possible start with the end goal being a barrel horse. That being said - he is cowbred and I would like him to get exposed to cows, ropes, etc. I have used a trainer that is close to me in the past and for the most part I like what he does. After two months they are moving forward nicely, transitioning up and down easily, stopping . learning to neck rein etc. However he does train a lot for the pleasure arena and I am wondering if that could result in a horse being heavier on the forehand then us barrel racers would like.
I am not averse to sending the colt further away but it is definitely nice to be close enough to check on them.. I am located 1/2 hour east of Winnipeg. I will admit facility is important as well - great training goes down the drain if horses have the opportunity to injure themselves.
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