Originally Posted by Sunny
My point exactly, WS. And BR7335, honestly, a "lazy" horse shouldn't be a barrel racer.
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You do realize that it's a horses nature to be lazy. They will cut corners, cheat you, do whatever they can to make things easier on them.
When you go up a hill out on trial, a horse will break into a trot or canter... because it's easier for them.
When it comes to barrel racing, whips arent just used to pick up speed. Some horses like to drop their shoulder (hey, its easier than riding up into the bridle, getting your butt down, and completing a collected snappy turn) Some horses like to shut off early after the third. (they know their going to stop up there, so why not start a stride off the third barrel)
Point is, it's easy for folks to sit back and pull a peta moment when it comes to whips. But in reality, it's totally dependant on the individual horse. I have one that's a free runner. I don't use a whip on him for a run, but in practice he can get a little lazy on his turns, I show him the whip, and he decides maybe he should listen now, rather than later. He's not hurt, and not abused. But he does know better and I expect him to do the job that's expected of him.
Another horse, he's more of a pushing horse. Kicking a bit and kissing will normally get him up and moving, but he likes to shut down sometimes. I tap him on the butt with the whip and he knows I mean business. He can be lazy later. For this next few seconds, I expect him to do his job too.
Sometimes, you have to ride.