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    05-23-2013, 01:21 PM
multiple disciplines?

Can a horse be a successful barrel racer, team cutter, reiner, and halter showmanship? Obviously with training they could learn everything but can they be successful in all four?
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    05-23-2013, 01:44 PM
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Its very possible. I've had a few different that I would do English/western show, rodeo, ranch work, and trail and succeed at. It all depends on the horse though, whether they're built for it, if they have the right mind set etc, and how competitive you really want to get.
    05-23-2013, 01:46 PM
Yes but it depends on the mindset of the horse I have a older horse named win who did all the show events (placing in the top sometimes even wining) english events (placing in the top 5) and all the rodeo events wining a majority of them
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    05-23-2013, 02:03 PM
Okay thanks:) I just can't decide what I wanna do !
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    05-23-2013, 02:07 PM
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Even If they aren't successful at them all it is a great idea to do different things for a break or just to expose them :). All of my trainers horses trail, gymkhana, barrel race, rope and will work cattle except her black mare who has been on the back burner. Her palomino paint show gelding did English/western pleasure and halter as well.
    05-23-2013, 02:22 PM
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    05-24-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by xxDreamxBigxx    
Can a horse be a successful barrel racer, team cutter, reiner, and halter showmanship? Obviously with training they could learn everything but can they be successful in all four?
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Will you have an NFR barrel run, a NCHA championship, a NRHA championship, and a AQHA world halter/showmanship champ?


But it is certainly possible to have a horse that can do all of those things. Will he be top notch in each thing? No, but he might be really good at one thing, and "okay" at the rest.

I am a huge advocate of doing multiple things with your horse. It keeps their mind fresh and keeps them enjoying doing multiple jobs.

I primarily like to barrel race and do gaming events, and that's what I strive to WIN at. However, I want my barrel horses to have a brain in their heads and be able to do multiple things. I don't expect them to win in the other events, but I do expect to at least do them slow and correct.

I routinely enter the same horse in: Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Reining, Competitive Trail, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and other speed events. All in the same day, with appropriate tack changes in-between so my horse can better differentiate what we are doing.
    05-24-2013, 09:35 AM
I agree with everything !
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    08-12-2013, 04:39 AM
I don't think a horse can be the champion in every single thing he or she does, but they can still be good at all of it, and great at one thing in particular.

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