I'm not talking barrel racing out of control hot, not rearing jigging and acting a fool hot. I shouldn't of said like running a pattern, bad comparison! The horses I ride are a bit more forward and sensitive to the aids once we start fencing and spinning, that's what I mean by hot. Not head in the air, out of control, run away, rearing and bucking fit.
Though if you horse DOES already do those things, like most barrel racers do, I don't think running to the end of an area and sliding to a stop (if the horse will even stop), doing a fast circle or spinning would make them any calmer. They could absolutely benefit from the fundamentals of reining, just like a jumper could benefit from dressage work, but I think you you have to be pretty dedicated if you wanted to reining only if you wanted to make a barrel horse into a reiner. Like I said reining is more about "whoa" then "go".
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