ah okay. I just don't find that stuff necessary, or, I hope to believe it is not. If I wanted my horse to run barrels, I would hope we would have enough of a bond and communication to do it alone. I don't think spurs, harsh bits, and whips aren't necessary. But it seems a lot of barrel racers do this. And they also think kicking the horse from their legs a mile high in the air flapping like a bird helps also when it just looks hilarious and hideous.
In a way, it makes the sport look very trashy.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown