Can a barrel horse have TOO MUCH bend?

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    08-15-2012, 07:54 PM
Can a barrel horse have TOO MUCH bend?

I have seen this said a few times now.

I have a super bendy horse, but I never considered her too bendy... And you usually can't see a horse bend like her. Is this simply because the rider can't handle it or...?

Please elaborate for me.
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    08-15-2012, 09:37 PM
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.
    08-16-2012, 02:34 AM
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.
    08-16-2012, 09:27 AM
Green Broke
As described very well above ^^^^^, YES a horse can be too bendy.
    08-16-2012, 11:37 PM
Green Broke
OH MY! My gelding poncho.. can be like touching his freaking behind.. and still going the fastest his legs can run.. its ridiculous!
    08-17-2012, 12:19 AM
Green Broke
That is when his head is not connected to his ass.

That is not good no matter what discipline or event you compete in :)
    08-17-2012, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
He is a trail riding horse lol.. but yes that is very true and not safe.. IMO..
    09-04-2012, 12:14 AM
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.
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