Originally Posted by TheBayArab
I think a lot of horses just know what to do, so they probably wouldn't need too many kicks, but then again there is always that lazy horse.
Horses feed off emotion of others. If one is alert in a group, the others become alert. One is nervous, they all get nervous. One runs, they all run. A nervous rider creates a nervous horse. If the rider is excited, the horse gets excited.
So to create energy, a rider that kicks creates energy which in turn gets the horse to move better or faster.
I have no experience in running barrels but I don't think that a good rider actually kicks the horse that hard. More of a bumping. I'm sure there are some that do kick the horse hard but normally it wouldn't cause the horse to be sore from it. Posted via Mobile Device