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?
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.