Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I absolutely loved this vid. I tend to dislike videos like this, only because usually it's the rider getting bucked off and then the horse turning a barrel before bolting for the gate and it's blatantly obvious the horse does NOT love his job, he's just so amped on adreneline he doesn't know how to do anything else. Good barrel horses don't buck their riders off or fight like hell at the gate.
Unfortunately, you will often get this auto pilot on game horses because of the constant repetition of the sport. It definitely doesn't mean they're actually "auto pilot", as you can see he knocked a pole down and a winning time of 1/16 of a second from second place is the difference between a rider calculating exactly how tight they can cut those turns and a rider not taking the risk.
Matter fact, often in games, an auto pilot horse is NOT what you mean because they're so convinced they know what to do, they won't listen to rider cues. I would never buy an auto pilot games horse for that reason alone!
Haha, heavy discussion aside, that WAS spectacular - it's EXTREMELY rare to ever see a horse actually complete the pattern when he's gotten loose or dumped a rider!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.