A well trained barrel horse should not be hot or uncontrollable. A good stop is essential on a well trained barrel horse.
All these hot barrel horses you see that are balking at the gate, run around in huge bits with floppy riders and have to get hauled on to stop are a result of bad training.
So a horse that is ready to go isnt well trained?
Guess I have some untrained whackos.
Theres a difference between a hot horse, and an uncontrollable one.
2 of my horses are bred VERY hot, but Im taking my time seasoning and hauling them, basically just getting them used to the sounds and the atmosphere and performing. I think that if barrel horses are brought along CORRECTLY they wont blow up. Some horses you see that rear or balk either
are in pain
hate their job
have been blown up.
Hot horses are just naturally ready to work, but are controllable. Dont mistake a horse that gets in the alley and is ready to go as being a nut. That horse just knows his job:)
As for as stopping being essential..well..yes...but thats only one piece of the puzzle.
In my opinion all barrel horses should have a solid foundation. Mine wont see a barrel until they know how to
respond to leg cues, weight shifts
By knowing these things, any problem I encounter while patterning them is easily fixed.