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    12-05-2010, 11:35 PM
Hot isn't necassarily a bad thing for a barrel horse but uncontrollable surely is. If you pattern a horse slowly and don't let them run the event every time, they won't assume that's what you want from them. The reason I say hot isn't a bad thing is that my barrel horse is an arab TB cross, a mixture of two very hot breeds. She loves what she does and the fact the she gets excited before she runs doesn't make her out of control. I patterned her myself and even though she's been gaming for two years now I can still walk her through the patterns. A barrel prospect is better than an aready patterned barrel horse because it's alot harder to undue bad training than it is to train a horse.
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    12-05-2010, 11:38 PM
It depends on your definition of "hot" spirited and eager to go isn't bad but I agree with live4myhorses, an uncontrollable horse is definitely what you don't want! Like Aladdin
    12-05-2010, 11:44 PM
Green Broke
Yep, my horse walks in and out of the gate, he runs cleanly and I stay on during the ride lol. We have been riding in the shows for 3 years now.
    12-15-2010, 08:56 PM
There's a differance between being hot and being stupid.

Hot= Excited, wanting to run and do their job, etc.

Stupid = Rearing, bawking, shying, pulling the bit, etc.

Most stupid horses are the result of bad training from teenage girls going "Oh look at how hot my horse is! I must be a super good rider since I can run barrels on him!"

......Yeaahh.....You do that....
    12-15-2010, 09:15 PM
Most barrel horses, at least decent ones, are on the muscle, not hot.

Hot horses, are hot all the time. Horses that get on the muscle are horses that get stoked to run. SOUR horses are horses who refuse to walk into the chute.

All my horses can walk in and out of the alley way and conduct themselves like gentlemen. Any other kind of behavior is unacceptable.
    12-19-2010, 12:20 AM
A good barrel horse should be controllable and not insane. But in general, a horse that will do good in speed events, needs to be very energetic by nature. They need to have that "go" in them. But they need to be trained and controllable.
    12-19-2010, 12:52 AM
Green Broke
I agree with what's been said already. A good barrel horse should know his job & be excited about doing it. Some hot horses are bred that way, but the "crazies" you are talking about is training.
I also agree with Moms & Dressage don't overwork you horse and diversify its training. Take it on trail rides, change up the pattern, get the horse thinking & listening to you instead of having him run just out of habit.
    12-19-2010, 10:55 AM
Originally Posted by xEquestrianx    
But in general, a horse that will do good in speed events, needs to be very energetic by nature. They need to have that "go" in them. But they need to be trained and controllable.
Somehow I wish that was true about a good barrel horse being very energetic by nature. Yet doesn't explain my gelding who I sometimes need a whip to carry just to make him pick up a faster trot or a canter. My legs get tired from riding him. But he's a consistant 1st Division horse, the most exited he's ever walked into the gate was at a easy trot. Rest of the time he walks in like were going for a trail ride.
    12-19-2010, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
Just to clarify from the start - I am not a barrel racer.

However I AM a horse person

Seems to me that barrel racers (and their trusty steeds) get somewhat of a bad name in regards to having 'hot' or 'crazy' horses. Whilst there are probably some out there that perpetuate this stereotype, there are many that don't.

Although barrel racing and other competitve gaming endeavours are high energy and fast paced, not all horses will be uncontrollable as a result. Just look to the captain of the ship if you want answers as to how the horse is behaving prior, during and after the event. I am quite sure that no barrel racer wants a horse that is so above itself before entering the arena that they lose precious seconds while the horse jumps around like an idiot.

So my advice would be if you are looking at buying a barrel horse - have a good chat to the owner/rider. Find out how they handle the horse, what they expect of the horse in terms of behaviour and you will have a much better idea of what to expect from the horse in question.
    12-19-2010, 12:10 PM
My stallion spends his home time walking and trotting the pattern. Sometimes loping. He only works on this a few times a week. He is also a roping horse. He gets jiggety and excited, but never spinning, rearing, or stupid. The excitement is them knowing their job and anticipating doing it..

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