BarrelRacingLvr pretty much summed it up.. To me an automatic barrel horse knows their job and can go in and run the pattern the same every time, very honest, and very consistent.. Doing all of this with not too much help - they know their job and really want to work.
That said. I think there's a very different kind of automatic horse also.. Those ridden by Lean Queens.. The horses that run in and if the girl falls off it still runs the pattern.. All the rider does is sit there and look pretty, kicking and whipping a little.. Trainer rides and keeps the horse in shape and the Lean Queen shows it.. I know quite a few of those.
Example - There is a little girl (Maybe 10 or 11) that shows in my area, assosiation shows and NBHA.. Her mom has a big black gelding that she runs but if needed and the daughter needs to win a class she'll put R (girl) on the horse.. I **** you not, she leads the horse in with the little girl on it, little girl kicks like hell, and the horse runs the pattern and wins.. We've been at a smaller show with this little team and the mom leads the horse in with a lead around it's neck.. takes the lead off and the little girl and horse run it bridle less.. Yeah, they also win the youth class.. big uproar about it and now they aren't allowed to run bridleless but she still shows the big black gelding.
Now, I'm not saying the little girl can't ride, she's a **** good little rider, and has a bad a** pony that she wins on.. The black horse is just one of those automatic horses that you just sit, kick, and win..
In my book there are just two kinds of automatic horses.
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