Originally Posted by FaydesMom
That's funny, because a LOT of people pay huge money for halter horses, as adults and foals. And most of those who win in the halter ring, go on to show and win on the rail.
Just because you "don't want to be" in that world, stop knocking what works just because it is different from what YOU believe.
From you name, I can only guess you run "can chasers"? If so, talk about a useless horse after a few years running. Watch even the big rodeo's with the "world known names" of barrel riders...their horses are rearing, bucking charging fools.
/done with this stupid thread.
Tell that to my 24 year old mare who ran barrels (successfully) for almost 20 years. She even has speed records that are still standing 10-15 years after she set them. Last year was her final year of gaming and she took her young rider to get Grand in Barrels, and Reserve in several other speed events at our county fair, they would've gone to State too had the rider been older.
And then just this last weekend earned Reserve in Showmanship, high blues in two pleasure classes, high blues in two equitation classes and a red (that was almost a blue) in another Equitation class with me.
She is one of the ONLY horses I've met that I'd feel comfortable putting an absolute beginner on - no questions asked.
And besides, the BEST can chasers are the ones that can go in with an experienced rider and clean up on the patterns, and then turn around and walk a kid through those same ones.