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    03-09-2012, 01:59 AM
Good for them?
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    03-09-2012, 02:30 AM
The first time I saw a man barrel racing I thought it was unusual looking mostly because I didn't know a lot about western gaming but now it seems the norm at local events in our area. Good for them!
    03-09-2012, 08:19 AM
Most of the big time futurity riders and trainers are men. Around here there's pretty much as many men that barrel race as women. My great grandpa, grandpa, uncle, step dad, and boyfriend all run barrels. Or ran. Not an issue.
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    03-09-2012, 11:01 AM
Equestrian events are one of the few sports whereby men and women can compete on an equal footing.
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    03-09-2012, 11:19 AM
Where I grew up, if you were a guy over the age of 12 entering barrels and poles then it wasn't right...I don't ever remember it happening.

It was considered a girls sport. Barrel racing started by giving the wives of team ropers something to do after the roping.

But I have seen that guys do barrel race and quite a few down here in Texas....maybe they have it figured out?
Instead of going to a roping with a few hundred guys they are at the barrel race with all the girls...hmmmm....
    03-09-2012, 11:30 AM
If a man is going to compete in barrel racing around here he had better be gay or be alright with everyone assuming that he is. I'm sure that a lot of the men around here could train a barrel horse and ride it much better than most barrel racers and win some money. None of the men I know would run barrels if they were guaranteed to win. I've started several barrel horses for the ladies around here but those horse never even saw an arena or a barrel pattern.

If I remember right on one of Craig Camerons Extreme Cowboy Races there was a well-know barrel horse trainer that was a little light in the stirrups. He did about how you'd expect a barrel racer to do.
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    03-09-2012, 11:35 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
If a man is going to compete in barrel racing around here he had better be gay or be alright with everyone assuming that he is.
The type of horse riding or competition one does is a pretty poor indicator of someone's manhood.
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    03-09-2012, 11:41 AM
I don't disagree but I'm sure men that do ballet or interior design or are hair dressers have the same problem.
    03-09-2012, 11:49 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I don't disagree but I'm sure men that do ballet or interior design or are hair dressers have the same problem.

LOL... I always find it funny when something is labeled a "man's" or "woman's" sport.... especially when you go back in time and find that a lot of current day "women's" type riding was dominated by men. Like English riding... I'd love to see some tough cowboy type go back and tell a showjumping German major or British general that he's not a man because he wears breeches.
    03-09-2012, 07:19 PM
Dad told me a while back that training barrel horses is where the money's at. I couldn't believe those words came out of his mouth. He's a die-hard stockman and when he was shoeing, he was always poking at the men we shoed for that barrel raced. I've done my share of ribbing too, but even though the money's potentially there, I could never do it. I don't mind getting a horse ready for my wife or sister to put on barrels, but I can't even make myself put a horse around barrels at home when nobody's watching. Maybe some will call me a homophobiac but it does feel kinda gay. I don't hate gays by the way so don't git all defensive
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