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Why do people think only quarter horses are good barrel racers?

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  • Are arabians good for barrel racing
  • Do arabians make good barrel racing horses

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    11-25-2011, 05:50 PM
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Foal
Why do people think only quarter horses are good barrel racers?

My instructor has an Arabian who is one of the Best Barrel Racers. I'm serious.
     
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    11-25-2011, 07:17 PM
  #2
Foal
Yes any breed can run barrels and if the horse has the heart they can win. Now answering the question why people believe only quarters can barrel race: Quarters and thoroughbreds are the best known breeds in America. Quarters are built for short sprints while thoroughbreds are build to maintain speed over distance and endurance or at least this is how they were originally bred. In short distances a quarter racer will beat a Thoroughbred every time. Barrels are a short distance thus people chose quarters. I have found that arabs are some of the best barrel racers if they have the want to. Arabs can be to smart of their own good and need an trainer that will make it fun for the horse so in a sense a quarter may be easier for some people. Hope this helps.
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    11-27-2011, 12:03 AM
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Banned
Show me an Arabian who can actually win at a high level, and I'll change my opinion. It doesn't take all that much to make a competitive horse as the local level. But when it comes to the big NBHA's and pro rodeos, you'll never see anything but stock horses placing.
     
    11-27-2011, 01:18 AM
  #4
Foal
Bubba13 if you research Arabians you will find that they are the original race horses. Few are still raced as people have found more thrill with thourobreds and quarter horses. These breed "mature" at a younger age than arabs and can be easier to train. Also you will find that most breeds have arab in there background including all stock horses. Arabians are the smartest breed that I have ever seen and because of that they can also be the hardest to handle. You have to train an arab differently than a stock horse as they think of many different things than soley the task at hand. They are also the most loyal breed I have ever had the pleasure of riding. My mare is a barrel racer, trail horse, shows every aspect of the western world and does a grand job if I do say so my self and is also starting english riding and jumping. She is the only horse I will trust to put a little child on when trail riding because she will always take that child back to the trailer even if we get separated. I know few horses that will remember the exact way that they came on the first time they are ever even on a trail. Quarter/ stock breeds are not the only breeds competitive they are just the one heard about.
     
    11-27-2011, 01:24 AM
  #5
Weanling
^ then why aren't Arabs at the NFR or upper levels?
     
    11-27-2011, 01:42 AM
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bubba13 if you research Arabians you will find that they are the original race horses. Few are still raced as people have found more thrill with thourobreds and quarter horses.
Arabians are also nearly as fast as Quarter Horses....not by a long shot. Racing the two against each other would be ridiculous. Their advantage lies only in endurance.

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These breed "mature" at a younger age than arabs and can be easier to train.
Not true. All breeds mature at the same rate, and if you're talking about "hotness," you should meet some QH's and TB's. They'll rival the nuttiest Ay-rab.

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Also you will find that most breeds have arab in there background including all stock horses. Arabians are the smartest breed that I have ever seen and because of that they can also be the hardest to handle. You have to train an arab differently than a stock horse as they think of many different things than soley the task at hand.
No, you don't. They're horses. A horse is a horse is a horse. I learned to ride on dead-headed old Arabs, then showed some high-stepping half-Arabians before switching to stock horses. They all train out the same, and the intelligence factor depends on the individual horse.

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They are also the most loyal breed I have ever had the pleasure of riding. My mare is a barrel racer, trail horse, shows every aspect of the western world and does a grand job if I do say so my self and is also starting english riding and jumping. She is the only horse I will trust to put a little child on when trail riding because she will always take that child back to the trailer even if we get separated. I know few horses that will remember the exact way that they came on the first time they are ever even on a trail.
So your mare is a nice mare. There are nice, broke, trustworthy horses in EVERY breed.

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Quarter/ stock breeds are not the only breeds competitive they are just the one heard about.
They're also the best, by definition. They're bred for the Western sports and are best suited to them. At the top levels, other breeds just can't compete against them.
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    11-27-2011, 02:58 AM
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Green Broke
I have an arab/welsh and love her but I have to agree with Bubba. Stock horses were bred for western sports. A lot of people use TBs for barrel racing in my area but if I had a choice I would defiently choose a stock horse. I really enjoy a nice QH..I prefer a short QH as they were bred to be stout and powerful. I find them amazing. I also find that arabs are great...especially for endurance...they both have their pros and cons but I would probably only you an arab for endurance,trails,western pleasure,and halter.
     
    11-27-2011, 11:31 AM
  #8
Yearling
I only know one quarter horse/ arabian cross that holds his own against the stock horses, never seen a pure arabian at the higher up shows. While its true any breed can run barrels, the stock horses are just built for it. Their sprinters with powerful bodies to hold up to the wear n tear of the sport. I like arabians and wouldn't mind having one some day, but their just not the horse I would choose for the job.
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    11-27-2011, 11:40 AM
  #9
Green Broke
No one thinks ONLY QH are good barrel racers, but they are bred for it. Just like why warmbloods are good at dressage, arabians are good at endurance, thoroughbreds are good at racing..... years of having it bred into them. Theres always exceptions for sure, but those are the majority rule in those sports because people basically formed them over years and years to be better and better at it. The breed had natural talent for something and people ran with it.

You seem offended about it?
     
    11-27-2011, 03:53 PM
  #10
Weanling
I run barrels on my TWH mare, and she's awesome! She's kinda long and lanky, so her disadvantage is on the turns, but she can run like there's no tomorrow, because she has a massive stride for her size. She just digs in with all she's got, because she wants it. Any horse that wants it, and has the heart to give it all, will be good. IMO.
     

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