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Location: South East Texas
^ I believe it is actually preferable to have a small, catty horse for barrels as opposed to the tank-like build that is looked for in, say, a ranch horse or a heeler. A larger, stockier animal will have more trouble centering itself and pressing into the turn.
Actually if that second horse IS 16.3hh (which, as others said, is HIGHLY questionable) I might reconsider wanting him for a barrel horse. The bigger the animal it is, the harder it is for it to get down and dig in. That doesn't mean they CAN'T, just that its harder.
Kiger, perhaps the charros in your area are different than in mine. It is very typical to see 'dancing' horses here, the stallions are very rarely gelded because being a stud gives them 'spirit' which is greatly sought after in this type of riding, and 7-10 inch curbs (TWH type bits) on three year olds, tied by the reins to their saddle with their head cranked back to learn bit submission, is the norm. The horses obey, and display fiery beauty, but to any professional horse man the abuse is obvious. Many, many of these horses (especially the stallions) are kept in dark stalls and whipped to dance or behave properly.
As I said, not all are this way. But this is what I see in the majority of that type of training, and I want no part of it. The mare that I currently ride was charro trained and ridden in a double twisted wonder gag which was considered 'soft' by the rider, and she had all kinds of issues. She only knew how to go fast, had NO sense of balance and would leap into a run as soon as she felt herself getting off balance, didn't turn, frequently tried to run things over, and was terrified of people. Her mouth is damaged due to the methods (tying her head to the saddle and leaving her when she wasn't turning correctly) used on her, and even to this day (2 years after we brought her home) she will 'dance' when she doesn't know what you want her to do, or if she sees a whip or stick. Not prancing "I'm excited" dancing, but terrified, eye rolling, exaggerated knee dancing. It sickens me.
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Last edited by Endiku; 08-30-2013 at 03:14 PM.