1redhorse, many people who have spent their whole lives around horses have dabbled in multiple disciplines. I grew up barrel racing and pole bending as well as dressage and jumping. I have worked free range cattle in Colorado with my event horses. My show horses packed deer and elk out of the West Elk Mountains, too.
Here is a prelim eventer I was bringing cattle from one winter pasture to another. Gad she was shaggy!!
Here she is at one of her training level events at a rock wall/big drop. Ignore my "chicken wing" arms, LOL!
Horses enjoy trying new things just as much as riders do.
I agree it's good for a horse to do many tasks....but for a high dollar barrel horse I prefer to only compete in barrels. Why risk injuring my 5 figure horse on reining etc? I do trail riding etc but on my high dollar horses they have strictly 1 job.
My original question wasn't asking why Sorrehorse's horses had multiple jobs I just find it strange.
You'd be surprised how many people talk themselves up on the Internet. A teenager that has had Arabians....quarter horses....has jumped....done dressage etc....that's we're the "hmmmm" came in. Don't get me wrong good advice is good advice but based on what I've seen I had to question her. I like for people to back up words typed on the Internet sometimes....and I expect people to do the same to me. I'm no pro but I don't fluff myself up. Let's face it how many teenagers train GOOD horses?
Now Sorrelhorse don't take my question personally. Thanks for clarifying that made more sense.
When I first joined this forum in 09 I probably did build myself up. I was extremely dramatic back then and was still in that self-esteem phase girls go through. Definitely realized how stupid I looked and sounded back then. I cringe looking back on some of the things I used to say. And I definitely didn't take that question personally at all, I know what you mean about how people can be over the internet. But, I promise I'm not lying to you
Ummm. I have a 16 year old friend who worked for a trainer breaking and training horses for a few summers now, and he now has a reputation and people send him colts and horses to ride because at their ranch, everything is done on horseback and their horses get used in the arena and out on the ranch. He trains very well. He's even selling a gelding in a Ranch Horse Competition and Sale event that the trainer he was working for won every year it has been put on.
He get's paid for breaking colts, and the colts he works with turn out very nice, soft, round and just good horses to ride.
I could have joined him this winter, but with my knee, I don't want to take any chances with having to push a young horse in cold weather.
Yes, many different trainers start their horses with training in other disciplines to put their most sought after foundation on their horses before teaching them their actual discipline.
One of my most sought after training to put on barrel horses before introducing them to barrels is reining. I have yet had the privileged to own a barrel horse that has had some reining training put on them but it is my dream that one day when I breed my mare I will send that baby off to have some reining training then sent of for barrels. I thought I would want more of a hand in the training of my first baby but I want to make sure it has the best of the best, IMO, training. I am no where near a pro trainer and I have terrible patience skills when it comes to unbroke/green horses, so knowing this I do not put myself in the position to loose my cool.
I also think, as a rider, you should be well rounded yourself.
I understand being in love with one discipline over any other, but having some training in a little bit of everything helps you become a better rider/trainer/horse handler.
I would also like to add there are ALOT of people out there that get paid for their so called training because there are alot of stupid/uneducated horse owners that can so easily get fooled into thinking they know what they are talking about, so just because someone gets paid to "train" does not mean they would be classified as a trainer in my book.
Heck, about 6 years ago I was one of those people. I thought I knew everything and was the best rider out there, I was sadly mistaken. I was young and did not know any better, I also made very good money off of "training" peoples horses. Now, 6 years later, I look back and feel bad for all the money I took from people when they could have paid someone else the same amount of money and gotten better training from. That is why I will not and do not trust any teenager to do any kind of training for me, unless I know them personally and have seen them do the things they say they can.