I know what I am talking about been barrel racing for years, and I am a horse trainer myself. And your opinion of arabians is VERY wrong. I've seen alot of arabs make better barrel/pole horses than alot of other horses. Arabs are very sturdy and built, versitile. There is also alot of ponies that make very nice barrel mounts. NO a horse doesnt have to be trained by 7yrs old to be any good.
I wasnt bashing nybarrelracer. She already has all these horses/ponies, and is such a good trainer. Why don't she train her arab or one of the others for training? When she is only showing in local shows anyway.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST I KNOW NYBARRELRACER PERSONALLY.
Her arab will make a fine barrel horse with some extra time but into him. Her horse that got kicked was doing good last year. And she has a mare in her teens that can be started on barrels.
I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.