Just my opinion, but where I'm at (geographically) the barrel/running crossed on the cow horse is the ticket.
But I wouldn't shy away from a straight running or cow bred horse either if it had the wheels and the want to.
I'm looking to get back into running barrels and shopping. A couple weeks ago I was trying to make a deal on a Corona Cartel/Jess Perry, this week my cousin called me about a Duel Rey/Pepto ◊ High Brow/old school Joe Cody/ King filly that probably won't make the cut for the cutting pen. But she is fast, quick footed and has a good mind. Swinging from end of the pendulum to the other.
I never been a huge fan of Two Eyed Jack and I know a lot of people like them. But I do love the Docs Jack Frost, rode and owned some although not a Frenchmans Guy.
I say get him as broke as you can and run him. At these jackpots and open rodeos it seems if you know how to ride and can get a horse broke you're ahead of the game.
At the local level here, the gals who showed cowhorse, cowboy, english, 3 day eventers and run barrels are the ones winning.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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