Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I'm sorry folks, I am really not trying to trash barrel racing it just genuinely angers me when a sport I love is the focus of such blatant abuse. Yes, all disciplines are bad, but barrel racing has ZERO policing and there is nothing to stop you from running your horse in barbed wire if you really wanted.
Vicious bits, ugly hands, asses out of the saddle two feet with every kick to the point of almost falling off do NOT serve to paint a pretty picture of barrel racing. And as much as it may seem as if I'm attacking the sport and it's participants, my focus is ONLY on these bimbo nitwits who think yanking, kicking and a horse that walks into the ring on it's back legs are how to barrel race. And unfortunately for the rest of you, they dominate the ring.
Yes I agree, the 4D thing is probably the worst thing for barrel racing. But I see this crap even at the top level.
SAsamone - it is statements like yours that make me so angry. Barrel horses are "hyper" and need more control? That is the biggest load of bloody BS I've ever heard in my life. The best barrel racer in our area right now in our area has a gorgeous Paint stud. He is completely trained in reining maneuvers and is the CALMEST horse you've ever seen. She can take him into any ring at a walk, with or without barrels, ride in the ring, do the barrels at any speed she wants and has ZERO issues. When it's time to run, she gives him a few cues, gets him back on his haunches and GOES. He stops on a dime. And he WINS. Everything in sight. His rider doesn't kick and whip him, she sits quiet and low and he gives her everything he's got.
He has been trained to the nines, he has the perfect docile Paint temperament, and he still beats everyone else because he has quiet controlled speed instead of FREAKING out the minute he sees a barrel pattern and having a rider bouncing like a sack of potatoes on him.
So I apologize if it seems I attack the sport, I don't mean to. But it really pisses me off when people whine about how abusive rodeo is, and never look into the next ring and how cruel women can be to their horses. And yes, I have watched MANY sports growing up, and abuse is in all of them, but some definitely stand out a lot more then others.
If you can run like the woman I described in a chain bit, all the power to you, THAT is proper and acceptable usage of a big bit. But no, I can never advocate chain or wire or whatever other kind of big powerful bit usage in the vast majority of hands I've seen in a barrel ring. The very act of advocating it as a barrel bit makes every idiot in tight pants with a fast horse think she can be the next Sharon Camarillo with a mouthful of metal and that pains me deeply.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.