Can my 25 year old horse barrel race in playdays?

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Is my 25 year old horse to old to barrel race?

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  1. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    15 Quarts???? that sounds like a lot, what is that in pounds, and what is the recommended feed rate?
     
  2. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    No, I wouldn't barrel race that horse, not even at playdays. He's not fit and has very little muscle and poor muscle tone. He doesn't look like he's in a real program or has any basic fitness, that has to be established before doing any barrel racing. He's got a big belly on him and very poor muscling over the croup and topline.

    I would not feed him over 15 lbs of grain. If he needs that much to look like he does, I'd have the vet out, have him tested for parasites, evaluated for other conditions of older horses, and have his teeth done. If all checked out well, I would not feed him 15 lbs of grain. I'd get a better quality hay for him, and gradually change the diet to feed him a couple pounds of alfalfa forage a day, the better hay, and a recommended amount of a senior feed - like 8 lbs. He may also need to be fed by himself as other horses often push an older horse off hay piles or other feed.
     
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  3. WesternRider22

    WesternRider22 Full Member

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    Okay, thanks everyone!
    I took trotted him around the barrels a couple times yesterday then cantered on the way back.
    I won't compete in
    Not all at once... If he runs out and still seems hungry we will give him more since he's been skinny. Lately though we have only been giving him 12 quarts.
    But the people we got him from said "if you don't feed him well he will loose weight fast."
     
  4. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    He's not fit to barrel race. He's out of condition. Base conditioning comes before barrels.
     
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    Okay.
    I do seperate him from my other horse while he is eating because Cash, my other gelding chases him away from his food.
     
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    Okay.
    Thank you!
     
  7. WesternRider22

    WesternRider22 Full Member

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    I can't barrel race my 16 year old quarter horse because he has minor arthritis. I guess I will take lessons and eventually buy a young horse for barrel racing.
     
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    ~tiffy~ Senior Member

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    Maybe a friend has another horse you can keep legged up for them?
     
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    Yeah that's a good idea.
    Our neighbor has like 10 horses and I know he doesn't have time to ride them all.
     
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  10. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    You can also just add weight builder. TSC carries it.
     
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