Originally Posted by Nickers2002
...I personally would hate if they combined something like barrel racing with WD. They are the complete opposite of each other and not every western horse is designed for speed events either ;)
That is kind of the point. You couldn't breed a horse specifically to be good at both barrel racing AND dressage. It would need an all-round horse. One that could sprint fast and turn tight, but also show some collection, relax and show a high degree of control. Although a horse that was good at it ought to be a fine barrel racing horse...
And a western horse OUGHT to be one that could work a ranch, and ranch work needs some speed and turning. All just IMHO.
Maybe someone could invent it, and call it "Barrel Dressage"!
I'd pay to go see it...and think highly of both riders and horses.