quote:Or be in their mouths constantly.
Originally posted by canchaser3113:
Tie downs are not bad. Take your dressage horse and run barrels or rope, chances are you will need a tie down.
This is my point exactly. You are comparing apples and oranges. Our barrel horse does WP in a mildly ported curb bit and even though his head is usually a little too high you have control. He is collected and you can feel him respond to the bit without getting in his mouth. At speed you don't have that control. In dressage you aren't really competing at even near the speed most barrel or roping horses are running. And I don't see dressage horses that are nearly as high-strung as a good barrel or roping horse. Never seen a dressage horse rare up as it was entering the arena.
As far as training goes I'm with canchaser you can only do so much to keep them collected at speed and barrel horses can get sour really fast if you keep running them over and over.
[ 09-21-2006, 12:53 PM: Message edited by: palomino_overo ]