Love it... I'm going to keep this in mind, as I always have people asking for tips. They never believe me when I tell them they don't need a horse to be 'hot and ready' in order for him to be a great barrel horse. On the contrary, I'd rather see perfect control from the moment they are stepping toward the arena, to the moment they step out. I used to walk my horse in to the gate, then push him into a canter, do our run, finish, stop him before the gate, slide off, and walk him out...er, rather, he followed me out...Lol! I remember one year that we did a sack race, we had raced down the arena, I had gotten off, got in my sack, started hopping, and somewhere along the way, I lost the reins, but even with all the other riders\horses along side us, he stayed right with me...we won too...Lol! Nope, no need for a hot horse for games...I like having one who is calm and responsive!
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 06-17-2009 at 01:11 AM.