Montana is shown in this video dragging an empty 55 gallon barrel over the gravel and rocks. She accepts the job without fuss. A lot of horses would panic with a loud, clanging object following them. Montana, like the rest of the horses that graduate from our two-year training program are exposed to all sorts of fun chores. We like to have young horses drag the barrel for several reasons. It is fairly light, but just heavy enough to pull on the saddle horn especially when it hits stumps and rocks. It makes a lot of noise so the horse learns not to become excited just because a noisy monster is chasing them. Young horses like Montana don’t need to pull a lot of weight in early training, but do need to learn pulling is part of the job.
Montana Dragging A Barrel Video