Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Just going to come out and say a few things.....
You say you have barrel raced locally....anywhere where they are over 20 riders?
We don't just think "oh look he is HOT, he is FAST and can TURN OMG lets use him as a BARREL HORSE!"....a lot more goes into training and looking at a prospect....when training we don't just go and RUN RUN RUN we actually want and need our horses to have a foundation. So that means stopping, backing, light to leg and working off of leg, soft and supple, flex at the poll and neck, sidepassing, ect...We are not like the little BYBR that just decide to pull their horses out of pasture one day and run it at a race because they think it can be a barrel horse.
We don't WANT hot horses but sometimes that is what you get when you get a high adrenaline sport and a horse that loves their job. Yes I like a nice calm horse at the gate but if they throw a little prance in their and it is forward and controlled I could care less! I have a problem with gate issues and horses that constantly balk, ect. Most of that is rider error (inexperience, lack of proper foundation....or somebody who thinks training is running).
I have raced locally and little BYBR and you run into the 4H crowd and the weekend warriors who shouldn't be barrel racing. And I have also raced down south where there are over 1000 entries each day during a 3 day race (when you only run once....). And these ladies are the elite....ya their horses might prance but guess what they are riding their NFR horses (gasp) and same with the other amazing ladies who aren't riding NFR horses. They are a team and going out and working like a team and you can easily see that. They are not going and beating the daylights out of their horses or kicking to the sky. They do slow exercises when warming up (flexing, stopping, backing, working off of leg, ect). And not ONE looked like any of the barrel racers in the video you linked.....
So unless you have been to bigger races that aren't just 4H kids (not bashing 4Hers just the obvious ones that shouldn't be doing it) then maybe you will see a difference in the way the horses and people are. And you don't know what they do at home.....some might just work a horse fast all week, while others do things differently at home. Don't judge unless you KNOW the entire story behind the horse and sport. Personally you don't sound like you should be judging the sport.....because your statement made me laugh
"I have won locally many times because I could walk my horse in and fly into a gallop. No rearing, no going sideways, no acting like an (to be honest) an untrained idiot. So long as they can run and maybe doing flying a lead change, let's just run!"
There are SO many things wrong.....And that is NOT the reason you supposedly "won"....how slow you go in the gate has NOTHING to do with how the horse performs. I have seen horses far and between walking and balking go in and wipe everybody out.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
Last edited by kitten_Val; 03-14-2012 at 12:15 PM.
Reason: Inappropriate language and personal attacks.