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"