Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
I just have to say something....because I can't bite my tongue any longer.
Those girls work hard to get to the NFR, and yes some DO buy their horses....but so do A LOT of other barrel racers.
Quite a few train their own.....I know more betty barrel racers that go out and by themselves $60,000 barrel horses vs people in the top 20 WPRA standings. And less face it....some people just don't feel comfortable training or just don't have the time. And they DON'T all come from wealthy backgrounds....that drives me crazy when people assume just because somebody is successful that they are money bags. Because a lot of those girls have worked hard and put in the sweat, tears, and hours to get to the top....
The NFR isn't like your everyday rodeo they go to. They worked hard to get there, and there is a lot up for grabs so they are going to be nervous and make mistakes. Sure a lot of barrels were hit....but there were a lot of rookies and a couple girls who had to jump on horses a couple weeks before the finals because their mounts were injured.
The T&M is a tiny pen with a blind approach to first. Most of the runs these girls make throughout the year are on bigger patterns, not many 13s patterns. So both horse and rider have to adjust to make 10 consecutive runs on. Some horses are going to excel while others are going to fall apart as the week goes on.
And any time you make a run no matter if your pro or not, your going to get nervous and make mistakes no matter how long you have been doing it. I have been doing it for 17yrs now and am still a shaky sally who you would swear is cracked out. If I ever make it to the NFR I probably would hyperventilate saddling my horse ad not even make it to the alley lol!
When it comes to smooth clean runs....I have learned that sometimes if you try to make a horse run "pretty and perfect" your clock is going to be slower. We all want our horses to run correct and pretty, but sometimes you just have to let your horse run how they run and that may be a little wide here, or there.
None of us can really judge how somebody rides unless we have been in their shoes, or on their horses.
Sorry just had to get that out...
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.