Finished Barrel Horse For Sale
- January 13, 2015
- Jessie Salter
We’ve heard this several ways; Finished barrel horse for sale, finished bridle horse for sale, finished rope horse for sale…You get the picture. What exactly does “finished” mean?
To me “finished” in the performance horse world helps define where a horse is in it’s training. In my opinion this DOES NOT mean that the horse no longer needs training. Just because this horse is proficient in it’s job, does not mean that he is “finished” with training. Like any athlete, horses and their riders need to be constantly challenged, learning new skills, building strength, and bettering themselves for competition. If you aren’t working hard to stay at the top of your game, someone else is!
Ask any rider at the Thomas and Mack last year if they needed to make adjustments. Ask them if they had to do a little training. Maybe a tune up here and there. I bet they all say “yes”.
That being said, we as riders should be constantly learning new skills and applying them. Some may have said my futurity colt in 2012 was a finished barrel horse at the end of the year. Yes, she was easy to run, and hardly anything bothered her. We were very successful. No, I didn’t need to practice the pattern with her over and over, but she was far from finished. In fact, she took to the barrels so quickly that I was able to skip a lot of valuable training steps, and not even know I had.
I am constantly learning from my peers and role models. I love to apply these new skills to all my horses. I realized that my “finished” barrel horse hadn’t been taught to do several of these great techniques I’d learned. It took me a while to get her right where I wanted her as a riding horse. And guess what? She’s not finished yet. I’m not finished yet. Could I hand over the reins to someone else and know that she’ll be successful? She’ll be as successful as her new owner rides her.
So the next time you look for a “finished horse”. Don’t expect to be buying into easy street, and completion. Every champion always has work to do.
“We are all just works in progress.” -Mary J. Blige
About Jessie Salter
Horses have been a part of my life since I can remember. Riding with my Dad as a youngster was what I lived for. There was nothing better than working cows, or racing my dad across an alfalfa field. It seems I never grew out...