The horse looks balanced, and sure it's a great trick and all that. But I would NEVER teach it to a barrel horse. EVER. Barrel horses are a different breed. They get hyped up and teaching a horse to rear, is just going to cause problems in the future. He's a great horse now, but he's young and hasn't been run very much. What happens in 2 years when he is a psycho horse and you can't get him into the gate and since he's been taught to rear, he thinks it's okay, and does it.
My horse is not young. He is 12 years old and is not the "typical barrel horse." He has been hauled all over the place for years. With me, he trots to the gate, tense with his head in the air, but is never too hot to control. I send him in the arena, he does his job, comes flying out of the arena, and I turn him one way or another and he spins to a stop. After he's stopped, he stands there very patiently while I get off. This horse has a "yes, ma'am" kind of an attitude. I'm not saying that he could do something dumb, but, then again, any horse can do something dumb. I only taught him this trick to help him differentiate between a pivot and rear. I wasn't even sure it would work, but it did. Now that he's getting better in his pivots(or spins, whatever you call them
) I am not going to practice this. I'm certainly not going to sour my horse on purpose, and even if it did happen, I would work him through it. I want to be a professional horse trainer when I am older, and have sucked up as much information as I possibly can. Magazines, books, websites(professionals like Clinton Anderson), and am looking for a clinic to go to soon. (Clinton or Martha Josey??) I'm not your typical teenage barrel racer. I'm not in any classes that will keep me away from my horse. (athletics, band, etc.) When I get home, the first thing I do is ride. I take care of my horses and when I'm done (around 8ish), after making sure everyone is good for the night, I go in and eat, shower, and go to bed. I know that there is no evidence in that of how well I ride, but, honestly it doesn't matter to me how well people think I ride. I know that I can get the point across to my horse and that's all that matters to me.