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Why I don't like barrel racers

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    03-14-2012, 04:08 AM
I think this is so rude! Just like saying "Oh I hate Dressage, show jumping is cruel as well just to add" This thread will most likely get blocked as you will have a few barrel racers on here arguing their point.

Watch what you write in future.
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    03-14-2012, 05:07 AM
My stallion did barrels and poles with his previous owner. Locally he places considerably well. However he has ALWAY been the type you can walk into the ring, stop, turn him to go and he's OFF, does his pattern, races back across the finish line, stops, and you can drop your reins and walk him out with no issues.

He did nothin but speed events for over 3 years and was always that way because his owner expected it. Don't judge everyone based on a few.
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    03-14-2012, 06:09 AM

These threads make me laugh.

There are ALWAYS good and bad riders in EVERY discipline, ALWAYS going to be people that put winning first.

But that's not just barrel racing. Instead of 'hating' why not educate these barrel racers you don't like?
    03-14-2012, 06:27 AM
I am going to add, there are good trainers and horses and there are bad trainers and horses.
I don't think it's a discipline problem, there are just as many bad riders in every discipline.
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    03-14-2012, 06:31 AM
Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine    
I am going to add, there are good trainers and horses and there are bad trainers and horses.
I don't think it's a discipline problem, there are just as many bad riders in every discipline.

Great minds think alike!
    03-14-2012, 08:02 AM
Half the people in that video suck at riding and shouldnt be on a horse because of their balance issues.

A properly trained barrel horse doesnt act like that. I've been to alot of show over the past decade and havent seen stuff like that happen. There are alot of wanna-bes that'll give the discipline its bad name.

Don't judge a book by its cover.
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    03-14-2012, 08:12 AM
Green Broke
I'm going to go ahead and say that I'm one of the barrel racers with a hot horse.(;

She prances on the way in, but is in complete control. It also depends on the arena we're in. If we have to walk the length in the arena to get to start, she'll go a little sideways, but it's always corrected. She doesn't rear, buck, etc. She use to kick and throw huge bucks at the gate when I first started riding her, but I fixed that and she doesn't kick, doesn't buck, and I can walk her straight in with loose reins, and right back out on loose reins now.

I'll post a vid of me Running when I get back home if the thread's still here.(:
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    03-14-2012, 08:30 AM
I dunno if you should base your entire opinion of barrel racing on just the bad riders. My horse is super calm. I've had someone laugh when I told them I was competing in barrel racing that night because my horse plods around like an old man. He walks right into the arena, and then when I give him the cue he's off like a rocket.

I will say that a LOT of barrel racers give in to the insane leg flapping, whipping the entire pattern, and basically running their horses into the ground, but not all do that. It's almost insulting when you imply that every barrel horse is crazy. For my horse, we spend quite a bit of time outside off the pattern doing trails, obstacle courses, learning poles, and other stuff so that he mind is fresh and happy when he does see a barrel pattern.
    03-14-2012, 09:48 AM
Yawn. You do realize that competing and winning some local barrel races isnt much? Running against 20-30 some riders doesnt really compare to 300-400 riders. My horse walks in the gate, true he's just starting but he's calm. My old horse pranced into the gate.

Maybe I should go dis hunters and jumpers because I've won those classes locally, actually my last hunter Hack pattern I wish I had on video my horse did so well. Oh did I mention that was my psychotic crazy barrel horse I was on? The one who 2 days later ran 5th in a rodeo?
But no I'm going to waste my time making threads about what I don't like in any discipline, because I realize there are good and bad riders in every single on. Good trainers, bad trainers. And there are so many levels to these disciplines as well.
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    03-14-2012, 10:08 AM
I can't see the video in link. Is it this one?
I have to say it was funny. And in most cases it was NOT a horse's fault/training from what I see but rather the rider sitting like a sack of potato (the girl sitting the bronco horse did a great job holding on BTW).

I did go to the local barrel runs several times (just to watch), and I was quite appalled to see some people who barely can ride try to run barrels. In fact I know some of those people in person. With that being said there are also really nice horses and solid riders out there. So like in any discipline: there are good riders and good horses, wacko riders and good horses, and wacko riders and wacko horses. :)

BTW, I do agree the original post sounds like bashing to me.

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