Grace12345678

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  1. Hi! I don't know if there is already a topic about this, so if there is sorry about that. I currently ride in a Corriente (full bars, 7 inch gullet) barrel saddle, which is very comfortable. I've had it for about two years. The only problem is that it's about thirty pounds, so it's pretty heavy. It's a little wide in the shoulders, so I use a saddle pad with inserts in the shoulders for the horse I usually run. The last time I was at a clinic, the clinician commented that the mare was pretty stiff. I don't know if it has to do with the saddle, but it could be a factor. The thought of getting a new saddle/having a saddle fitted has been in the back of my mind for awhile. The mare I usually ride a quarter horse and built like one, but not as stocky as they tend to be. So, my question is, what is your preferred barrel saddle/experiences with different saddles? Also, how do you feel about treeless vs tree? Thanks!
  2. I'm glad that your friend found a horse that was more suited to her needs. Kix and I don't really run competitively every weekend or anything like that. He is more of my fun, relaxing, buddy who I can get on and just have a good time. When we do go to shows, we're not really going out there to win. We very rarely knock poles or barrels down (when we do it's completely 150% my fault). He is vetted and has his hooves done regularly, and neither the vet nor farrier (we have had both for as long as we've had horses (15+ years) and I have complete trust and faith in them) have seen any problems. He isn't practiced on the pattern more than once a week/ once every other week. I am running one of my trainer's barrel/pole horses regularly and more competitively. I am always grateful for everyone's information so I can be more aware. Thank you! :smilie:
  3. I normally just spray off my horse with water if he is sweaty after a workout. I rarely wash him with soap, but I have heard that if you use a shampoo meant for equine use, you can use it more often without it stripping the natural oils.
  4. Hmmm, I don't think the flash was used while taking those pictures, maybe just wanted to know what that black thing was in the person's hands. Ha! And yes I agree; Kix's full brother (Wheatie) is much stockier and more like a regular Impressive horse.
  5. I recently came across a video on youtube in which a couple from LA (who happen to be vegan and are completely against the slaughter of livestock for human consumption) went to a sanctuary to see the "cute farm animals who have been saved from a bad bad life." In the "sanctuary" there were two cows that were being kept in a tiny concrete paddock, I guess you could call it. As they were petting the cows, the woman bent down and put her face literally one foot away from the cow's back legs. Completely clueless. And then as they were driving away the man was talking about how he had never ever seen any of the animals in person and had no idea that they got that big as adults. I just found it funny. It goes to show how uneducated city people are about some topics, but they still try to make the rules for the same topics for the educated people.
  6. And yes we got the redness on Lief's neck cleared up. Turns out I do have a pic of Paint Boy, well kind of. I thought his mane looked cool after I took the running braid out.
  7. I've been on here for a couple years but I haven't introduced any of my pets. I couldn't find any pics of Paint Boy, my 11 year old chesnut tobiano, but I have many of Kix and the dogs! Kix is a 14 year old Paint that I run in barrels and poles. You can find his pedigree here: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/tastee+moonshine (he was tested for hypp- n/n.) From the show on the 13th. Warming up in a show last summer. [/url'> I couldn't figure out how to post the videos. Of the dogs. The black and white one is a 1 year old Boxer/Pointer mix (we think) rescue named Lief. The black one is a 5 month old Labradoodle named Charlie. One of Charlie's favorite places to sleep is the bathtub, presumably because it's cool.
  8. Thank you! After talking to my instructor today, he said that I could ride the 7 year old mare in all of the rodeos. So I'm not sure if I'm going to bring both, or what I'm going to do just yet. I ran the mare for the first time today, and we definitely need to get used to each other (actually, I just need to learn how to ride her). Thank you for all of your information!!
  9. Also posted this on Barrel Racing, but knew more people would read here. So, next year I will be going into my freshman year. One of my instructors brought up the idea of High School Rodeo to me on the way to a show yesterday. I just have some questions that I couldn't find on the Illinois High School Rodeo site. Is anyone here in high school rodeo, if so, how do you like it, have you had good experiences with the other competitors? Are there any meetings or anything? I'm kind of confused on whether it's like everyone shows up and does their own thing, or if it's a "team" kind of thing. (I'm sorry if I sound like a clueless idiot.) Do you have to own the horse(s) you run? The reason for me asking is that I own a 14 y/o APHA gelding that I run in barrels and poles, we started seriously competing last year, and we are just getting our times down to around 18 seconds in a big barrel pattern. In poles we run mid 20's, but we could easily be faster--it's my fault that we aren't. I'm hoping that by the end of this season we can get our time in barrels down to 17 seconds, and in poles under 22 seconds. My question with him is if it would be a good idea to take him since our times are slow. But, the same instructor who brought up this idea said that I could start riding his person barrel/pole mare which is a 7 year old registered QH. She runs around 16.5 on bigger patterns and 15.5-16 in smaller patterns. Her pole times range from 20-24 seconds. I'm not sure if my instructor is going to want me to take her to all the rodeos, so the paint gelding would be my main horse. So my question there is if we would be fast enough, or if it would be a waste of time to bring him. Thanks in advance to all who reply!
  10. This should probably be in the Barrel Racing Teens board but I knew I would get more replies here. So, next year I will be going into my freshman year. One of my instructors brought up the idea of High School Rodeo to me on the way to a show yesterday. I just have some questions that I couldn't find on the Illinois High School Rodeo site. Is anyone here in high school rodeo, if so, how do you like it, have you had good experiences with the other competitors? Are there any meetings or anything? I'm kind of confused on whether it's like everyone shows up and does their own thing, or if it's a "team" kind of thing. (I'm sorry if I sound like a clueless idiot.) Do you have to own the horse(s) you run? The reason for me asking is that I own a 14 y/o APHA gelding that I run in barrels and poles, we started seriously competing last year, and we are just getting our times down to around 18 seconds in a big barrel pattern. In poles we run mid 20's, but we could easily be faster--it's my fault that we aren't. I'm hoping that by the end of this season we can get our time in barrels down to 17 seconds, and in poles under 22 seconds. My question with him is if it would be a good idea to take him since our times are slow. But, the same instructor who brought up this idea said that I could start riding his person barrel/pole mare which is a 7 year old registered QH. She runs around 16.5 on bigger patterns and 15.5-16 in smaller patterns. Her pole times range from 20-24 seconds. I'm not sure if my instructor is going to want me to take her to all the rodeos, so the paint gelding would be my main horse. So my question there is if we would be fast enough, or if it would be a waste of time to bring him. Thanks in advance to all who reply!
  11. Omg that's hilarious!!!!!!!!
  12. Beautiful! Good luck with him...I'm horrible at namessorry!
  13. I have been looking for a barrel saddle, and found this five minutes ago:http://www.horseclicks.com/15_quot_double_c_barrel_saddle/saddles/280666 Sooo, is Double C a good brand? What do I need to look for if it *is a good brand that its not a knockoff? I need to know because I would be traveling about four hours to see it. Thanks to all who reply in advance!
  14. Sorry people, but I prefer The Voice.....