Their conformation, with the sloping pasterns and hind end angulation behind them, is terrible for barrels. Uh I suppose they can, you'll get a smooth ride, but, lol, probably not a good time.
Some will lope and gallop...however I'd never expect a TWO to run with a Quarter horse to TB cross in the faster divisions Tennessee walker would make the biggest loser reward for its time in barrel racing.
In theory, yes, a TWO CAN do barrel racing. However, will your horse be a good candidate? You want quick, fast, short strides for maneuverability.
Think of a Ford Focus versus a Lincoln Town car. You want a Ford Focus horse, most Twos are more along the lines of a Lincoln or Cadillac: long, smooth strides.
I've seen a few people take Thoroughbreds and try to barrel race them, but the strides are just too long, and they have a hard time getting around the barrels regardless of how fast they are on the flat. A lot of people around here do not take the time to properly train their horse for barrels.
Most people just slap on a saddle, set up a few barrels in the pasture and gallop it over and over again. Those with money usually have 3 separate horses: one for show, one for speed events, one for trails.
In a fun show kind of barrel racing yes he can physical do it. However he's not going to be ultra competitive and will require training and conditioning.
Yes they canbarrelrace TW EBA has a versatility program for youth, and they pole bend, barrel race ECT. Sailor was trained for reining and mostly shows pleasure around here.
We live in a very walker centric area (our first county fair show here she was the ONLY HQ, we showed in country pleasure it was hysterical) anyway we have come along way in several years we had more in WP than any gated class for the first time this year. But even the TWO beat the 4 beater dirt sniffer we have fun.
Even they do best in lateral, and they would have to be conditioned to do the turns, much tighter than the usual figure 8's they show in the showing. My uncle had a pair of Foxtrotters, and they do know how to barrel race. Plenty of good barrel horses never reach even a portion of their potential due to poor training.
Even getting a trainer to help just isn't as good as riding the real thing for a year. In 6months I learned more than all those years of others helping out in my gelding's training and experienced riders trying to explain things to me.
Quote:I'm from Louisiana, And as for my horses conformation, all of his hooves slightly turn out. Here's the best pic I could find of him, my friend was riding him at the time.
I've been thinking about doing competitive trail riding with him, if the barrel racing doesn't work out. My friend even barrel raced her horse in an English saddle once........ we all had a ball.
I have a friend who is selling an 8-year-old and I'm going to look at her this weekend. I have only ridden Quarter horses and THB. If you are planning to barrel race, your best bet is a good Quarter Horse.
When you barrel race, you need speed, and although they are great horses, the Walker is not what you want. They won't run fast enough, and are not built to turn.
They are built to go in a straight line at a fairly fast pace and be very comfortable doing it. The reason most barrel horses are Quarter horses and thoroughbreds(or paints and appys-same thing but with color), is because those are the breeds who in general are best suited for barrel racing.
Two weeks or so passes and new owners start to realize their dream horse may not be as perfect as they thought. A year passes, and now they can see them self selling the horse for they just don’t have the time and other things in their life is drawing them in.
So what happen to the dream and determination that was at the beginning? Why is this the case in over 80% of first time horse owners? If owners don’t board, then work with a trainer at least once a week.
It’s well worth the expense for you will see your partnership growing and your bond with the horse becoming strong. This is why we never want to surprise a horse for when in doubt, kick first and ask questions later.
When walking behind, we notify the horse of our intentions with a hand on his hip before we move to the other side. No, horses see different images with each eye at the same time.
In fact it’s believe they see at least 3 different images with each eye. How a horse focuses is different and fascinating too but too long of a discuss for here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tennessee Walking Horses and Riding in general It’s easy to fall in love with a Walking horse or other similar gained breeds of horses, and not totally because they tend to be handsome animals with good dispositions.
More important, their special gaits are comfortable to ride over long distances (unlike the jarring trot), making them a trail rider’s dream come true. The easy gaits should be smooth and delightful to experience. Riding and training one of these horses, however, may be like changing from a one-gear pedal bicycle to a 20-speed model.
I can help guides you through the fine points of developing and maintaining these extra gaits, so you can get the most of every ride. More detail training stuff, you will just have to call or write me from my contact page.
With their smooth natural gait and calm disposition, they make the most versatile breed you can own. That means no bouncing up and down in the saddle as in the trot; smooth as silk.
Some top Barrel Racing and Cutting horses in competition today are TWO. A hand in terms of measuring a horse equals 4 inches.
Measurement is made at the horse’s withers (base of the neck). Colors run the full spectrum from black to white as well as spotted.
This does not mean that after 30 to 60 days of training, your 2-year-old or older horse who has not been gaining will be able to “hit a lick” right away. You will have to put in many miles, giving him time to build his muscles and teach him to understand what you are asking.
Your job will be to encourage him to move out with some speed and correct him when (actually, right before) he gets rough/breaks gait. You will feel him gather to trot and should hold his forward motion by pushing him with your legs and collecting him with your hands.
In time, you will build the muscles it takes to maintain his speed in gait. Some horses will gradually become more diagonal or lateral as they pick up speed.
Riding lesson can be a step towards a lifelong activity that benefits both body and soul. My program is different from a lot for I concentrate on the horse’s needs and educating the people to recognize this.
By teaching a signal, if you want to let the horse eat, I give a head down signal (pushing down on the withers with my hand) and when I’m ready to go I tap the withers and then ask the horse to go. Its real nice, the horse is not yanked, kicked hard, yelled or confused.
And the rider is not pulled out of the saddle and suffering from high blood pressure. This is especially depressing to watch when the instructor makes no effort to teach about equine behavior, communication and “feel”.
The horses are “dull” to each rider’s aids because the instructor is not teaching these concepts. I don’t believe that it’s fair to take the equine from its natural state and make a dull, depressed animal out of him.
We need to try our best to educate our students of equine behavior, communication and basic training principles. We need to teach our students that they are not just a passenger in the saddle, but they are actually training the horse to either respond to them or ignore them every second they are interacting.
No horse deserves to be even lightly jerked in the mouth with each Walk, trot, pace or canter stride. One tip for teaching soft hands and bend and release at the elbow.
Using a spare stirrup leather, strapped around the base of the horse’s neck. Put the rider on a lunge line and have her hold the neck strap with just enough pressure that it is not loose at the horse’s breast.
Encourage her to keep the same amount of pressure on the strap while walking and trotting. They tend to keep their elbow joints stiff, which causes them to raise and lower the reins with each posting stride.
Don’t rely on the neck strap for extensive training, because it can become a “crutch” that the rider should be dependent on. However, use it as a fun supplement to help the rider become more aware of the importance of this element in riding.
The instant the horse moves his head a centimeter to the right, drop the rein. This is an exaggeration of what really happens when a rider has soft, responsive hands.
It takes a lot of practice to train the hands to be this giving and responsive, but the student’s communication ability with the horse will have increased greatly once this is learned. First Ask, then Tell a little firmer, then Promise or demand that the horse do it.
Always ask with a soft cue (a light squeeze of the calf or heel), wait 3 seconds for a response, and if there is no response apply a firmer cue such as light bumping of the calf or heel until the horse shows forward movement. The horse may not respond quickly on first few tries, but he will soon learn that it is more pleasant to avoid the bumping or kicking if he shows forward movement when the rider first asks with a light squeeze.
Beginner riders started in saddles get to depending on their stirrups for most of their balance. Students should work on the lunge line with and without reins, with and without stirrups, and even without a saddle.
Students are encouraged to relax their stiff or flexed muscles. In addition, once the rider becomes well-balanced, light and soft, he/she can put more energy into actually communicating with the horse rather than trying not to fall off or bounce around.
While posting the trot, I’ve seen too many riders that rise slowly and sit quickly, however, this is not comfortable for the horse. In the “down” action of the posting trot, by sitting down more slowly you are creating less shock against the horse’s back.
By using these five elements of good riding and training, you will become soft and responsive with your riding horse, Plus you will be helping to keep my horses soft and responsive with positive attitudes. Feel free to call, write, visit or email us anytime using the information on the contact page.