Question for you barrel racers
First of all let me start off with saying I am not in anyway bashing barrel racing, in fact I'd love to barrel race if I had a fast enough horse and I enjoy watching. I am just curious why a lot of barrel racers don't get up off their horses backs between barrels or at least after the third barrel running home? I don't mean going around a barrel either, you obviously want to sit deep then. I see so many barrel racers that sit leaning back, hold the horn, and kick with both legs. Wouldn't it help your horse to hold the horn and lean forward to get your weight off them a bit rather than flopping around in the saddle? Not saying that ALL barrel racers do this either. Again I have never barrel raced, never rode in a barrel saddle either so I just don't know! Is it that saddle that makes it difficult to lean forward? I have only gamed english YEARS ago, which most of the riders get up in two point on the run home to allow their horses to stretch out and run hard.