1. JOIN the world's largest horse forum! Chat and learn from other experts about horse training, breeding, health, showing, riding, contests and use our free horse classifieds. Register Here

Royal. Barrel horse or babysitter?

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Mirage, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Mirage

    Mirage Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    2,811
    Royal is just an awesome little mare. She's lazy as heck and prefers to just putz around at half speed walk, but will move out nicely when asked.

    I found out that when running barrels (only loping right now) she has to be pushed right up until the last second, because as soon as I stop pushing, she rates and turns. She doesn't care where the barrel is. She is the ratiest horse I have ever been on.
    She does a beautiful pattern when pushed through it.

    But I found out she also doubles as a babysitter. And she's GREAT at it!

    My fiances son, who's 10, was in a bad accident with a horse almost 2 years ago. The horse broke his leg in two places and broke his finger. Since then, he has been terrified of horses. As in if they so much as blink without him telling him to, he will scream and start crying.
    He rode his dad's ex roping horse a few times and if the horse walked too fast, he locked up on the horn so bad he couldn't pull on the reins to stop him.
    For some reason, he fell in love with Royal. Both my horses are staying at my fiances and I'm told that the boy gives her a hug and talks to her every morning before school.
    So I convinced him to ride her. This horse does. not. care. She will not move past the walk unless you make her. She will just putz down the trail in her own little world.
    At first he refused to ride alone and needed me to pony him. But I finally got him to ride alone and he was so happy! She didn't put a foot out of line.
    The only thing that scared him was when she shook. I guess he thought she was going to buck. But he got over it quickly.
    At one point on their first ride, he got annoyed that he kept having to kick her top walk faster. So he have her a big kick and kissed at her. She broke into a trot and he started yelling "LOOK! I'M TROTTING! I MADE HER TROT!"
    It was so awesome to see him enjoy riding a horse.

    This happened 3 weeks ago. Last week we went to Bandera state park. A 5000 acre riding park in the hill country. We got turned around on a trail and the ride ended up being 6 hours. They did GREAT. He only needed help once, and it was when the trail got really rocky and he panicked because he didn't want her to jump or rush. She didn't try anyways.
    But at the end of the ride he informed me that if she didn't make a good barrel horse, I could just give Royal to him. He wouldn't mind. He would even trade me his dad's horse for Royal. Lol
    I couldn't be more proud of her.


    Pictures in the next post.
     
    Binca, mooselady, GONE ROPING and 5 others like this.
  2. Mirage

    Mirage Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    2,811
    [​IMG]

    Out of all the pictures I have of this horse, there are maybe 5 where she doesn't have her tongue out. Lol
    [​IMG]

    He just successfully walked her down a scary hill.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The only picture I got of them in Bandera.
    [​IMG]

    I need to get her a side pull, or see how she does with a flat nylon halter. Whenever he gets scared, he gets a death grip on the reins and locks onto the saddle at the same time. We are working on it though.
    He only rides her in a smooth double jointed snaffle.
     
  3. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    8,810
    Likes Received:
    6,617
    Well, she's in good company.. Zenyata did that all the time. I think if you've got a dyed in the wool babysitter then it's kind of unlikely you're going to have a barrel racer. Could be wrong. If she's capable of both, wonderful-!! :)
     
  4. Mirage

    Mirage Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    2,811
    I would say that too, but I already had a horse like that.
    I could take him in the arena, barrel race, walk him out, and plop a kid on him to cool him out.
    I could even ride him tackless in Bandera if I chose to.
    I'm not saying Royal will be like this, but you never know.
    And I'm not super competitive anyways. I just want a horse that will successfully run the pattern.
    I will never whip or spur a horse through the pattern, so it's totally up to Royal if her heart is in it.
     
  5. Mirage

    Mirage Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    2,811
    I am actually more happy that she's good with kids/beginners than I am with figuring out how to get her to run barrels.
     
    Alsosusieq2 likes this.
  6. apndi

    apndi Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2016
    Messages:
    804
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Sounds like Royal is his horse now! Lol. So sweet to see a horse help someone gain their confidence back
     
    Mirage likes this.
  7. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    8,810
    Likes Received:
    6,617
    Oh mylandia, his photo didn't load before. Little heartbreaker he's so cute-!!
     
    Mirage likes this.
  8. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2016
    Messages:
    3,214
    Likes Received:
    5,277
    Man, what a cute pair they make! Sounds like you and your hubby-to-be got a steal of a deal!
     
    Mirage likes this.
  9. endurgirl

    endurgirl Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Messages:
    14,052
    Likes Received:
    10,737
    Sounds like a great match!

    Chloe is that way too, a beginner can ride her safely, but she's all business in the show pen.
     
    Alsosusieq2, Arem and Mirage like this.
  10. horseingreyflannelsuit

    horseingreyflannelsuit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2016
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    387
    He is enjoying that ride so much. Glad he is over being afraid to ride. (y)
     
    Alsosusieq2 and Mirage like this.

Share This Page