What is it that you want out of Barrel racing?
My wife and I went to a local saddle club a couple of saturday nights ago and watched barrel racing.
There were many different classes, and some people walked their horse around the barrels.
Some horses hated going in the ring and it seems to me that the real fun of barrel racing is working with the horse to deal with the crowds etc as well as maybe running a faster time than you did the on the previous run.
None of these people were pros, and the fastest time was in the 18 second range, but they were having a great time just being there with their horse.
Take your horse and go barrel racing. You don't have to win to have fun doing it. Just finishing with a time and working toward a better time is all most of these people seem to want to do.
I ride a walker, and while I've never entered a barrel race, I think she'd do better than a lot of the horses there, but, I'll admit, I'm a bit biased. (She might spook going into the area, many of them did).
I guess, if being a world class racer is what you're after then you'll probably go through quite a few horses. Myself personally, I think pretty highly of my mare, and I wouldn't get rid of her over a couple of seconds difference going around a few barrels.
Besides, she's spent far to much time training me......so, is the devil you know better than the devil you don't know?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Last edited by gunslinger; 08-10-2012 at 02:37 PM.