reinhardt4 wrote:Going further with the cow breeding post. I also have a true blue cutting horse, turned team roping horse, and now I decided he should be a barrel racing horse as well. This horse is/has been always super easy to train to do anything. I was recently readin Sue Smith's article in the Spin to Win about how she likes her horses to take longer strides around the barrels vs super tight with really small strides and turns.
What are your thoughts? My horse is really ratey, but not to the point he would stall or cut in front of a barrel, but basically indoors I have to remember to ride as hard as I can and just sit, dont touch the reins! He tends to wrap the barrels all the way around, I could basically touch it all the way around..should I be changing anything? One thing someone told me is that I lose a bit of time off the backside of the barrel...I do find if I make sure to ride all the way around instead of just sitting at the barrel that helps...
I am a team roper myself and very new to all this barrel racing! But he seems to like it and I have been placing so now I need to learn how to do it properly! I will admit, I dont practice much, but when I do I just do big round circles around the barrels at a walk, trot, lope (all same speed all the way around), and then make one or maybe 2 runs...any other exercise ideas/tips for this kind of horse?
What kind of bit should I use in this horse? I just use a little billy allen type shanked snaffle, broke in the middle with a little port, with no tie down. I was thinking maybe even a straight snaffle?? He does seem to like the Rickey Green chain bit for Team roping, but Im not sure if they use those in barrel racing!
I could go on! haha, but I think thats enough!
I dont know if pictures help! But I added 1 just in case! It is of 2nd barrel.I hope all my friends dont laugh at me for my posting!
Nice pic! I am not sure what to say. Without seeing you run, It is hard to say. I like the fact that you are already doing well, and if it doesn't feel to bad to you, I think that I would not change too much. Have you watched my videos? They may give you some ideas. My best advice, and it sounds like we're on the same page from what you have already said, is not to make it too big of a deal - your horse obviously has talent, and it would be better to let him find his own way for awhile to let his competitive side mature.