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Contesting at the local level

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        09-29-2012, 10:19 PM
    I may be opening a can of worms but here goes... I barrel race a lot and usually only go to the fun day/small local shows when I have a young horse that either needs to be exhibitioned or just needs experience seeing the sites and being hauled.

    I have seen a lot of bad horsemanship at these type shows!! I've seen people strong arming horses all the way through a run on a horse with no prior training on a barrel pattern because they thought it looked easy, people purposely making their horses act hot because they think it makes them look cool, parents bought their teenager a trail horse and let the kid who has never run barrels before train the horse themselves (usually seen in the biggest leverage bit they can find with an added noseband because that's what they saw a pro run in once) or putting a small child on a fresh pony/horse with an overkill bit because the kid is afraid to lope but their parents have something to prove... These are not barrel racers, they are wanna be's. This is where barrel racers get a bad name...
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        09-29-2012, 10:19 PM
    Oops... double posted somehow.

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