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Special Guest - Rayel Robinson ends Feb 28

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:05 am
by admin
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Rayel Robinson will be logging in to answer your questions this weekend! Please post your questions in advance, the post will be closed Saturday at 5pm, Rayel will then answer your questions either Saturday evening or Sunday. Check back for your answers.
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Rayel is well versed in training young futurity horses, rodeo horses and handling all aspects of competition. I don't think we could ask for a more well rounded trainer to join us. Her most recent wins include the futurity championship at both the Greg Olsen and Beth Cooper Memorial futurities in Arizona this January.

Here are just a few of her career highlights......

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* 4 time Canadian Champion Barrel Racer (most recent - 2005)
* 2 time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier
* 19 time Canadian Finals Rodeo Qualifier
* Trainer of 5 CFR qualifying horses in one year
* 2004 Reserve World Champion Futurity Winner, Oklahoma City
* Multiple Futurity and Derby Barrel Racing Champion
* Ponoka Stampede Champion 3 years running (2005, 2006, 2007)

Bruce and Rayel have an awesome website under construction where you can check in to learn more about the pair: http://robinsonperformancehorses.com

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:06 am
by livetoride
Rayel,

I have a horse with alot of energy, what is the best way to get him to rate? I have done alot of slow work but I add speed and he just wants run, he will trun no problem it is just alittle wide.

Thanks for your time. :angel:

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:13 am
by Sam
Thanks for being a part of the forum!

How do you get a horse to go "the long haul"? It seems so many horses now are burnt out shortly after they are done their derby years, what has been your experience in keeping horses going year after year?

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:07 am
by MPowell
Hey Rayel, Welcome! Just wondering if you could tell us what some of your favorite bits are and why, and what bit do you usually use for a transistion bit from a snaffle to a shank? Thanks, also Congrats. on your 2 big futurity wins in Arizona, sounds like a very nice horse! :Sun:

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:35 am
by hallie
Hello Rayel!
Do you have any exercises to get a young horse to consistantly switch leads heading to the 2nd barrel? I don't want to get her worried about it, but just wondered if there was something other than breaking her down to a trot in between the 1st and 2nd.
Thank you in advance!

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:08 pm
by miss_brook
Hey Rayel...

Lont time no chat, I hope you are doing well and having nicer weather then we are here lol. I have a question about selling and marketing horses on a budget. I have spent alot of money on some really nice prospects and did my best in finishing them and taking them to futurities, jackpots, etc. Anyways, in the past few years my life has changed up quite a bit and due to financial reasons and a busy work schedule, my horses have taken the back burner. I have a couple very valuable horses that I feel are worth quite a bit of money that I'd like to sell. Unfortunatley for me, I am only jackpotting now and don't feel the need to keep them and I'm certainly not using them to their potential. Therefore, they aren't getting the spotlight that they deserve.
My question is...how do you recommend I go about getting them sold?? I realize advertising is a great option, but I'm waiting till it warms up a bit cause they aren't in shape at all nor do I have a place to ride right now. Another option I have considered is a consignment sort of deal. Have someone take the horse and haul and expose him and take a percentage of the selling price. Therefore I'm wondering if you have ever done this before or know of anyone who does do this??? If so, what are your experiences with it...good and bad??

PS--are people still paying a good dollar for barrel horses in the States or has recession really affected the market down there???

Thanks!!!

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:44 pm
by burnin'
Hey Rayel!
I have a question for you regarding joints - what type of maintenance do you use (adequan, legend, map 5, corta RX, others??) Which do you feel are the better bang for your buck?
Thanks so much, really value your opinion.

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:48 pm
by docrope
Hi Rayel,
I was just wondering if you could highlight some of the key points on achieving a smooth quick turn - ie positioning coming to the barrel and around. Also hand position etc. How do you approach this when starting your colts? Thanks in advance and admin - what a great learning opportunity this will be for all of us.

8o)

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:00 pm
by livetoride
Rayel,

My daughters horse is in need of a bit more zip, with the cost of things right now what would you suggest to feed him?
Thanks! :Sun:

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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:33 pm
by Kim A.
In regards to barrel horse prospects:
What is the first thing you look at when assessing a prospect?
What do you require in conformation?
What type of front end do you prefer: square or V?
How big would your ideal barrel horse be?
If you had to choose between two horses with equal try, would you prefer to compete on a horse with more brains and less braun, or vice versa?
Thank you in advance.

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Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:16 pm
by mowgli1
How do you prepair your horse and yourself for a efficent first barrel in the large regulation pens? thanks in advance.

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Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:43 am
by twistn
I have a 5 year old gelding that i have started on the barrels and would like him to be ready for a few futurties. He does lope the barrels but i was wondering what you do with a really smart horse.
If i do two circles around the barrels to get nice round circles then the next time i go to lope him a little faster he thinks thats what hes supose to do . If i side pass him over because hes cutting in to soon for his first barrel he'll remember that for the next time and then he'll go really far from the barrel. any place i put him around the barrels thats where he goes. ive never really had this sensitive of a horse before.. so when im walking and trotting i have to go the exact spot where i would like him to go when hes going to make a faster run. so just wondering if you have had a colt like that and what would be your suggestions.. he doesnt shoulder or try and cheat. and hes probably the easiest colt ive trained so far.
thanks

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Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:15 am
by huey
Hey Rayel,
I have a 5yr old race bred mare (Beduino/DFC) that I would like to have ready for some futurities. She isn't as broke as I like, but getting there. I started riding her steady in August and am now loping/cruising the pattern. When I have asked for speed (2 times, not kicking), she gets lost and the next ride she is nervous and jittery on the pattern. When should I ask for more speed or should I still keep her slow? Thanx so much, TJ

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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:00 pm
by rayelrobinson
Bruce and I have both gone through the questions and answered them the best we could with the information given. Not always can you understand each individual horse without actually seeing them work. We hope this information will help all that have asked questions and those of you just reading. We thought all the questions were well thought out and we've done our best to answer them as thoroughly as possible.

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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:01 pm
by rayelrobinson
livetoride wrote:Rayel,

I have a horse with alot of energy, what is the best way to get him to rate? I have done alot of slow work but I add speed and he just wants run, he will trun no problem it is just alittle wide.

Thanks for your time. :angel:



One of the hardest things to teach a horse to do is to slow down properly. I don’t like to do this on barrels. I want everything I need before I take my horse to barrels. I have to be confident that I can slow my horse down from any speed before he sees barrels. It’s all about having total control at any speed.