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Horse for beginer barrel racer, experienced rider

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Reg. Feb 2022
Posted 2022-02-03 7:42 PM
Subject: Horse for beginer barrel racer, experienced rider


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I'm looking into buying a barrel horse but i'm not sure what age of horse I would need because I'm an eperience rider but a beginner barrel racer. I don't want a deadhead but something that does have slow when I want it and speed when I need it as well. critisism and follow up questions are welcome. I do think I would need something older thats a little bit more experienced but I would also like a training prospect.

Edited by kenmy 2022-02-03 7:50 PM
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Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2022-02-04 8:37 PM
Subject: RE: Horse for beginer barrel racer, experienced rider

Having Smokin Bandits

Posts: 4560
Location: Woodstown, NJ

Get something that you can be confident on. When I got my first barrel horse, I was also a lifelong experienced rider. I remember telling my husband that I wanted a horse with a little fire. I went through a couple of those before I lost my confidence completely and started looking around for an old horse. I was thinking like.... twenty. That's how bad it got. I wound up buying a two-year-old, believe it or not, but he was born old. (He's turning 25 this year.) So you can get a training prospect but I would say go for something that's real quiet and easy-going. If you have problems, you're not going to have fun. Good luck!

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Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2022-02-05 3:18 PM
Subject: RE: Horse for beginer barrel racer, experienced rider

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My suggestion is get an older steady Eddie that will teach you the correct way to barrel race. There is a lot more to it than running out there and making three turns. I want to point out that these horses are not that easy to find and don't come cheap. It is a lot easier to learn on something that goes out and does the same thing every run than having to fight with one to get it to work. I am old. I raise my own so they are gentle. They don't stay here if they aren't. 

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