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  • Are top level barrel horses crazy?
  • My barrel horse wont enter arena without being led

 
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    10-25-2010, 05:30 PM
  #11
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I would rather run a horse that is a little crazy over a dead head. JMO
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    10-25-2010, 05:39 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by barrelracer7335    
I would rather run a horse that is a little crazy over a dead head. JMO
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That's an ignorant and dangerous statement.
     
    10-25-2010, 06:14 PM
  #13
Trained
Barrel, are you talking about "crazy" like the horse is keyed up, alert, ready to go, maybe prancing a little bit or rearing, kicking, running into other horses, having to be led into the alley, etc?

One is acceptable the other is not. If you can't control your horse during an activity or they become so worked up and stressed by an activity then they probably shouldn't do that activity. Or if you really want to do that activity you should go back to the basics for a little while and train your horse a little better. There are plenty of top level barrel racers with well-behaved non-crazy horses that run a heck of a lot faster than the typical fair horse.
     
    10-25-2010, 08:14 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by BuckOff41570    
That's an ignorant and dangerous statement.
I didn't mean a horse the is totally off the wall crazy just something that is ready to run and is prancy. From my experience with dead heads they're hard to get going and even harder to work with.
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    10-25-2010, 08:46 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by barrelracer7335    
I didn't mean a horse the is totally off the wall crazy just something that is ready to run and is prancy. From my experience with dead heads they're hard to get going and even harder to work with.
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That would be what I'd consider a horse that's on the muscle. NOT crazy. Crazy, is a horse that rears and is out of control.

My horses havent had a problem walking in the chute and clocking 1D/2D times. They arent dead heads, they are trained.
     
    10-25-2010, 10:20 PM
  #16
Weanling
You guys are making barrel racers sound HORRIBLE. Yes, it the horse sport that has the dumbest riders, but some of us have brains and common sence and know how to ride.

And FYI there is no fixing my mare- she is 21 and that is just how she is, she is not disrespectful (none of my horses are) but, she does get excited. I can get onto her by hollaring at her but then she gets mad and has a tendency to not give me her all in the arena when I yell at her before going in the pen.

I have also had the exact opposite of her, I have a gelding that wil walk up the alley until you sit up and kick him and then he will blow 'em outta the water. Its just certain horses and how they were trained. Some horses can deal with the excitement better than others. And..... some young or nonexperienced horses don't know to get excited so some people will "rile them up" "tick them off" or whatever you want to call it, before they go in the pen. Im not saying I agree with that but I am saying its not all showing off and we arent all mean riders and not all barrel horses are "crazy"
     
    10-25-2010, 10:33 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by SissyGoBob    
You guys are making barrel racers sound HORRIBLE. Yes, it the horse sport that has the dumbest riders, but some of us have brains and common sence and know how to ride.

And FYI there is no fixing my mare- she is 21 and that is just how she is, she is not disrespectful (none of my horses are) but, she does get excited. I can get onto her by hollaring at her but then she gets mad and has a tendency to not give me her all in the arena when I yell at her before going in the pen.

I have also had the exact opposite of her, I have a gelding that wil walk up the alley until you sit up and kick him and then he will blow 'em outta the water. Its just certain horses and how they were trained. Some horses can deal with the excitement better than others. And..... some young or nonexperienced horses don't know to get excited so some people will "rile them up" "tick them off" or whatever you want to call it, before they go in the pen. Im not saying I agree with that but I am saying its not all showing off and we arent all mean riders and not all barrel horses are "crazy"

I thought you said that there was no 'riling' a horse up. And to answer your question, Yes, I have ridden Barrel horses most of my life actually. I wont enter a horse who wont walk or prance into a ring. I have never had to be led into a chute. I have also *NEVER* ridden with spurs *OR* a whip/overunder/quirt.

And heres the shocker...I was very very competitive in my day
     
    10-25-2010, 10:57 PM
  #18
Trained
While alot of riders could care less about a hot horse, I don't agree with the way many gamers behave. It's just plain poor training, in my book...I have NEVER owned a horse that is like that, and mine have always been respectable gamers; as well as being respectful!

I think a horse can have what it takes to be a top notch gaming horse, without being a complete idiot, and I hate it when the riders wind up blaming the horse when he gets so uncontrollable that they can't even get him down the chute anymore...don't blame your horse, blame yourself for not training him properly.
     
    10-26-2010, 12:08 AM
  #19
Showing
^^Yep, I own a hot horse. I love him to death but I know his temperment is my fault because that's the way I rode when I trained him. However, I wouldn't change a minute of it because if not for him, I wouldn't be the horseman I am today. I am no longer 14 and now I know what a good horse is and how to make them that way. I like my current horses that will walk calmly on a loose rein and then explode like dynamite when I ask but not a moment before. All that being in their mouth all the time and fighting to keep them calm/in gait is for the birds.
     
    10-26-2010, 06:59 AM
  #20
Weanling
You don't want a horse that freaks out at the gate. If you watch the Barrel Racing Finals or Championships you will notice that a lot of those horses are fine walking into the gate, however it's hard to see since it is a chute and a majority of them are already running. But, a lot of them will stop their horses at the end of the pattern and simply walk out. That's why they make it to the top, they know what they are doing.
     

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