Breeding your own foal is understandably an attractive proposition. You know the mare, and as it’s generally thought that 60% of the foal (temperament, conformation, etc.) comes from the mare, this seems like a good way forward. However, it’s not a cheap way of getting your next horse.
Barrel racing is fast and furious with speed, agility, twists and sharp turns as you move through the cloverleaf. Due to the nature of barrel racing, the horse faces many challenges. Five key areas in which a horse can be strengthened and prepared for barrel racing to help give a successful race are:
Stamina. The horse must be fit to sprint away from the start line, and sprint to complete the arc from barrel to barrel
Balance. Essential for when they edge around the barrel to achieve the perfect arc beat the clock
Flexible. The horse must be able to bend in both directions fluidly and quickly
Strenght. The horse must have the muscle to take the weight shift through the body when going from speed to almost an instant stop
Mental. The horse must be physically and mentally prepared.
Western pleasure - is there cause for concern or is it all a fuss about nothing?
It starts with a guy recording a Western Pleasure class at Congress on his phone; he uploads it to Facebook. Before long, the footage is being shared worldwide. Why? Because the western pleasure class, it seems, is scrutinised more than any other western riding discipline.
Having followed the social media flurry of comments in 2017, we decided to ask Western Horse UK readers what they thought.
The results are certainly interesting but first let's be clear this isn't the most scientific study, 70 respondents are not representative of the feelings of the whole western community in the UK. There is likely to be some bias, as those most passionate about a subject are more likely to take the time to respond to a survey.