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    04-08-2013, 03:06 PM
I have a mare that team ropes, reins, does playdays(awesome pole horse), is decent at barrels, and is my daughters san angelo ambassador drill team horse; my main roping horse is her backup drill team horse(so he gets to go to all the practices), and he is also a playday horse....

They both can do all the other cow related/ranch related events as well.
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    04-08-2013, 03:36 PM
Well, none of my horses right now are currently expected to excel at more than one event as they are all just basically ranch type horses.

However, when my Dad was showing horses, he would commonly show the same horses in reining, western pleasure, and some roping event like team roping or calf roping. He never had a problem with confusion as they would commonly place top 5 in every class.
    04-08-2013, 03:44 PM
Aging myself here ...

I remember when it started becoming popular to have a specialized horse. One for WP, one for EP, one for games.

Was a time when you used the horse you had to compete in all classes.. of course, they were better at some than others.

My old QH gelding was a fabulous WP horse (before p-nut rollers), trail, and he SMOKED at games .. I even jumped him some, because he just had POWER and could win the little puissance classes we held locally ...

One thing he DIDN'T do was roping or anything that required cinching something up the the saddle horn. First time I did it, (ponying another horse that balked and pulled), he EXPLODED. Never got used to that .. so we gave up!
    04-08-2013, 03:56 PM
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The only problem I see if you want to really advance in a certain discipline. For example, if I wanted to seriously show my horse in WP, I probably wouldn't make a habit of barrel racing. If you want to be serious with cows, barrel racing might not be such a bad thing. If I had a reining horse, pleasure or trail would compliment nicely. It also has to do with your horses attitude. A friend of mine almost bought a horse who could literally do it all. Reining was her main, and they occasionally did barrels and cows with her, which she was ok at. She just wasn't the type to let it "go to her head".

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