Yes I personally believe a horse can be to bendy....when running I want my horses nose tipped just to where I can see their eye. I don't want a horse that can run around a barrel with their nose touching my knee. I don't want any horse PERIOD to be able to touch my knee when going in a forward straight motion. When I take their face it means I am wanting to get their attention from a buck, ect and want to STOP forward motion. I know a few people who are all about flexing, and bending and more and more flexing and bending to their knee.....they no longer do that much flexing to the knee while working after their horse was a run away and couldn't do a one rein stop because the horses nose was at the knee already :)
So I want a horse soft and supple....but I don't want them to be over flexing because it can cause you to lose just as much time as some horse who run without flex and can't get their nose.
Hope that made some sense....I am having a hard time wording it how I want lol. But yes I believe a horse can be too bendy.
Tehe...My 19 year old gelding Rebel can do the "I'm going to stick my nose to your boot but still fly down this trail at 30mph" thing. We now disengge the hindquarters rather than just a one-rein stop.
YES! A barrel horse can absolutely have too much bend! Anymore a lot of trainers and pro girls aren't asking for near the amount of bend as they used to. It can actually set the horse up incorrectly and throw their backs out as well. They should be working more so off their hind end than anything else to make a correct turn.