Originally Posted by smrobs
One question I did want to ask. Do those girls not keep more than one horse fit and ready? I mean, if it was me, I would have at least 3 that were of the same level just in case something like that happened...that way I wouldn't get stuck in that situation where I was competing and trying to win on a horse I'd never ridden before.
I really did feel sorry for Christy Loflin though. She got stuck with borrowing that palomino and having to try to manage some pretty serious training problems with him.
Ideally, I'm sure each girl would love to have 3 or 4 NFR horses in their string. But especially for some of the "newer" girls, they have not found that second special
horse and/or can't afford to purchase one at the moment. Not all barrel horses are cut out to be rodeo horses. It really takes a one-of-a-kind individual to make it. And the rider has to "click" with them.
For example, if Sherry Cervi and Lindsey Sears were to switch horses for the year (Martha and Stingray), I really kind of wonder (and maybe doubt) if either of them would be as good. Not that either rider isn't amazing ... and not that either horse isn't amazing .... but they have paired up so well that each individual horse and rider combination just "click". I know that Martha was a good horse before Lindsey got a hold of her .... but now she's a GREAT horse. So I guess I'm just trying to say that it adds to the difficulty of finding that second string or even third string horse to keep as a back up, that is going to be able to compete at such a high level, because the horse and rider have to complement each other and work well together.
I don't think Rascal necessarily had any training issues; it just took a while for Christy to figure out his quirks. They were running much better by the end of the NFR. It'd be like a MotoCross racer jumping on a completely different bike with the controls in different spots, and then hitting the jumps. Might look a bit sloppy first until you get things figured out. He sure was a speedy gritty little devil once she got going on him!