You have a point, sort of.
If a horse hasn't been managed well, it can't handle horse against horse. And some individuals can't handle it regardless of management. But, those individuals are not run horse against horse, at least not by those of is whobare responsible. Many of them go on to be successful rodeo horses.
Out of the six appy barrel horses that I've run horse against horse, only one was ever gate sour. That issue started one winter when we were doing junior rodeos, though, not at breed shows. And I was 11, and not experienced enough to get him over it. I only do horse against horse at Nationals, and if I've worked hard enough, Worlds. Almost all of the regional shows I've been to don't run horse against horse because arenas are too small or there are not enough exhibitors.
Just my. 02.
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