The only thing I'm wondering is where you got your holier-than-thou attitude and why exactly you think just because you have so much "experience" it makes you better or in your mind smarter than other members here.. Show respect and you'll get respect.. Sorry, I don't take people with bad attitudes seriously or have any respect for those people. Big bad "I got so much experience and you're stupid, because I got so much experience I'm better than you" people just make me laugh.
I have to say I completely agree with 1RedHorse and the other who have posted in this thread saying basically the same thing.. I don't know you toto but I do know 1Red very well and know her experience, just because someone has different views or ideas on what's right doesn't make them wrong at all.. Bottom line about the grass thing is that it is USUALLY very unsafe for a rider to run or even lope the pattern on grass. You can argue all you want, it's a simple fact.. It's especially dangerous for someone who is new to barrels in the first place, then throw in the fact that their horse is also new and it's cruising for problems. I understand that people who work ranches and that sort of work have to do hard work frequently on grassy areas but those horses are used to their jobs and the rider and horse know how to handle themselves.. An inexperienced rider and horse shouldn't put themselves in that situation.. When it comes to the OP and the area she practices, if it's grass, she can put in a little effort with a shovel to turn up the ground in a 5 or 6 foot radius around the barrels and make the over-all situation safer for her and her horse.. You can ask a majority of barrel racers and you'll hear the same thing. I don't have an arena at my house but I do have an open place that we've harrowed with a tractor and keep it kept up because the exact reason of being safe.. The harder your horse is on it's legs the shorter it's barrel career will be.. Better safe than sorry.. An honestly I don't care what you think about my advice, it's not advice I'm giving you, I'd rather help someone new to the sport and urge them to be safe before anything.. I'm done here.
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Last edited by DrumRunner; 03-17-2013 at 11:35 PM.