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It depends on the horse. Barrel horses are usually pretty hot. I don't think i'd ever consider one for a trail horse. There are some good barrel racers out there and good trainers who know what they're doing, but I see so many in the sport that do very little with their barrel horses outside of getting them in an arena and running barrels. Many riders just go go go and don't work on other things with their horses so the horse can become hot and i've seen many become very anxious under saddle and hard to handle. A lot of them just want to run which is fine if you're doing barrels, but not for trail riding.

There are so many horses available...the market it totally flooded. You can find a sound, proven trail horse very easily. I would pass personally.
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