I agree a bit with macabre, especially with gaming horses; most of those horses don't know how to walk, and if they do, once you get them 'hyped up' the calm goes out the window. Now this isn't every gamer, as I teach every horse I own to STOP when they feel me falling off, as do others, but the vast majority aren't focused on that aspect of training...they just want a fast horse, who can run the patterns blindfolded-when the horse is burnt out, or no longer will go in the gate, they are usually sold off, and a new one takes their place; many gaming horses will game 6-7 months out of the year, and in the off season, geuss what they do? Practice their patterns... I think I would know how to finish a pattern if my rider fell off too. Like I said, this is not ALL gaming horses, but I would say 70% of the people I showed with when I showed were like this, so it is a fairly safe generalization that many are, and for good reason.
As far as how these horses are handled, again, I have to agree with macabre again; have you ever watched even national finals type barrel racing? Those riders look like they are going to take off flying off their horses backs they are so busy kicking them. And of course at the same time they are flacking them with their bats or romels. My trainer when I was a kid would roll over in her grave if she watched some of the vids now a days of gaming horses/riders. Not only are the horses so hyped that they are uncontrollable, but the riders have no where near a quiet seat, and I'm sorry but I don't care WHAT the discipline, you can ride with a quiet seat and still get the most from your horse!!!! Plus it looks plain ridiculous to ride like a flying fairy! You're riding a horse, so darn it put your arms and legs down and flippin' ride!!!!
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 04-25-2010 at 11:03 PM.