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post #1 of 81 Old 03-15-2009, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Barrel Racing Myths

Just some of my own observations/pet peeves/annoyances whatever you want to call them:

1. Just because you are in the arena for 16 seconds, does not mean you get to forgo basic horsemanship. You are not flying -- Stop flapping your arms and for gods sake stop bouncing your horses back.

2. A good barrel horse should be able to run a pattern in a snaffle or gentle bit. Only finished horses and extremely gentle-handed and knowledgable riders should be using gags and other harsh bits. Stop slapping them on your 3 year old.

3. On that note, your 2/3 year old has zero buisiness galloping a barrel pattern.

4. Parents? WTH. Please get your child some lessons and at least a helmet. Barrel racing/horseback riding is extremely dangerous. The horse doesnt need 50lbs slapping around his back throwing him off balance and when he does slip and fall, at least have your kids skull covered. (Anyone need videos? There are plenty)

5. Training a barrel horse does not mean running the pattern 20zillion times and going really fast. It just doesn't. Period.

6. A barrel horse should be able to walk on a loose rein. They need to be sane or else you're going to end up dead or with a crabby, sour horse.

7. Barrel horses need to be soft and supple. Your horse needs to be able to move his front and back independantly, collect, extend, sidepass, pick up his shoulders, etc to barrel race. I get so sick of people just running around on horses that are stiff and have no idea what they are doing.

8. Again with the stiff. Your horse needs to be conditioned. Would you go sprinting around like a madman after sitting on the couch all winter and expect to not to be sore the next day?

9. Get your barrel horse out of the arena. Jump him, do trails, do dressage all of this is going to help your times and is going to make him happier. I don't care how much he loves to run, you're going to kill it if he never sees anything but a pattern.

10. HANDS! When you are running home, if you are going to "pump" your horse faster, please at least have some idea of rythem. He does not like being wacked in the mouth.


I have plenty more.
I see far too much "BARREL RACING IS EVIL" because people are spurring the crap out of their over-bitted, under muscled, un-trained barrel horses. Kids are getting sent out full-tilt around a pattern and gettinh thrown and people wonder why.
If you're going to barrel race, please be a good representation for the rest of the equestrian world. You are not exempt.

We're not all cowboying idiots. I swear.
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Nicely said Spastic : )

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Haha, Thank you :)
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I agree with most of the things you have presented. Whole-heartedly.
BUT people do things differently. A LOT DIFFERENTLY. Just because you do it one way doesn't mean everyone has to.
I take personal offense to the fact that you say a 3 year old has no business running the pattern. My gelding is just coming 4 in April and he's doing extremely well with it. I've always been around horses started at a younger age. That's just how we do it here I guess. Personally I can't stand the people that say you shouldn't break a horse until they're 5 years old. But that's a whole other topic that doesn't need to be started here.
I'm just saying that everyone does it differently, and that YOUR opinions/techniques are going to be WAY out in left field compared to somebody else's. Mine included.

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Ha! I like you! Pretty sure number one and number ten are HUGE pet peeves of mine. I really do not understand how people seem to think that pumping their hands=faster horse? No. You look like a fool who really does not know how to ride. I also absolutely cannot stand it when I see people who cannot get their horse in the gate/alley.

For me, I see a lot of younger girls who seem to come across this issue quite frequently and I just don't understand it. They will sit there and beat on their horses who are obviously so gate sour that they have no business to be even anywhere near an arena. I just want to look at them and say "please go back to basics, then come back and try this again". Nine times out of ten their horses are so nuts because all they do is run run run and nothing else. If you are unable to achieve a walk with a loose rein with your horse, then you have no business running them. Period. Sorry for adding a rant on here, but I really could not agree with you more!
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i do agree with most of it especially doing other things on them cause then your horse stays fresh it keeps my barrel horse happy specially if i take him to a show do WP and then he can turn around and do barrels.. I do agree with running a 3 year old around barrels is alittle early too you can take a really nice barrel prospect and burn them out and injure them before they are even seasoned and really going good but glad to see someone else with alot the same pet peeves barrel racers take alot of crap for this stuff specially over bitting and such any way nice Spastic dove

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I agree with most of the things you have presented. Whole-heartedly.
BUT people do things differently. A LOT DIFFERENTLY. Just because you do it one way doesn't mean everyone has to.
I take personal offense to the fact that you say a 3 year old has no business running the pattern. My gelding is just coming 4 in April and he's doing extremely well with it. I've always been around horses started at a younger age. That's just how we do it here I guess. Personally I can't stand the people that say you shouldn't break a horse until they're 5 years old. But that's a whole other topic that doesn't need to be started here.
I'm just saying that everyone does it differently, and that YOUR opinions/techniques are going to be WAY out in left field compared to somebody else's. Mine included.
It's kind of silly to take this personal considering these are MY personal opinions about the sport. I personally think a three year old has no business doing work that strenuous -- That's something I can't stand.

I guess I don't really see your point. But if it makes you feel better, here:


NOTE: These are my personal opinions and not fact, law, or the bible. I am not god. Sorry if I came off like I was, apparently?
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Yeah, the point was mostly that barrel racers need to actually be able to ride and train their horses and not just run around like idiots.
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I guess what I was getting it is that I DO agree with a lot that you say.

There are far too many people that have these super amped up horses and they can't control them. They have no clue how to handle them. It drives me CRAZY!!

But I was also getting at the fact that no matter how much one person believes in something, another one will hate it as much as they believe it.

Its interesting to see the different methods/opinions that we all have here. It just shows that no matter what, everyone is going to butt heads once in a while.....

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Ergh, I have to agree with you Spastic. I've been trying to learn barrel racing with my horse and we have been taking it really slow, he's only ever walked/trotted the pattern because I'm trying to teach him all of the other things I feel like he needs to know. Of course, I could be completely wrong . But it drives me nuts when I'm at a show and they are beating the crap out of a rearing crazy gate sour horse to get them into the arena. What do they say "she's just gate sour, but really loves to run the pattern". I don't believe it. Or the horse that gets ridden 3x a year and just for barrels. But, I do see a lot of good riders out there that take care of their horses and the horses seem like they really enjoy what they are doing. So, I guess its just like every other sport, you have the good and the bad. Unfortunately the bad give the rest of us a bad name. I can tell you my bf impression of horse riding in general took a real down swing after he came to the fair.
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