Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
BarrelRacer, a barrel horse does not avoid the tie-down, they use it to balance. A horse that does all it can to avoid the tie-down during a run isnt going to win very often (especially at these levels).
The principal is relatively the same in the gaited/barrel racing comparison. Why is a thin wire tiedown so different than a sored Walker? The principal is that pain is inflicted to get the desired response. Same thing, different subject matter.
I will add a tie-down onto my tack when I get ST ready for speed on her patterns, so that she can use it to help herself. I will not put a wire anywhere near my horse in general, so why's it okay for some big name show guy to stick a piece of wire on a horse's face (of all places)? Its not. Wire is dangerous, and Im sure you've seen some injuried due to wire. What happens if the horse geta tripped up on bad footing somewhere (that looked safe) and ends up with a leg between it? I won't put my horse at risk like that for ANY amount of money/fame.
I agree that the futurities push for young horses to be pushed too hard and ridden in "fix-it" equiptment. While everyone could opt to bring the horse to it's potential age-wise, we (collective) decide to push as far as we can and past their limits, only to have them retired prematurely because of arthritis or injuries (or what-have-you).
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