Barrel racing

Western Riding, Wellington, Horses

Barrel racing began as a sport for girls who wanted a difficult event to compete in. They place 55-gallon barrels in a triangular pattern and hurried around them carrying two left turns and one right turn. Barrel racing today is much more competitive. It takes more to win a race than only a fast horse. The horse and the rider has to be physically and mentally ready to compete.
When deciding to barrel race, you will need to know a few things. Time and effort from you and your horse are required for training. Your horse should already know at least straightforward leads. Backing up, understanding whoa and other acceptable leads are quite important. He will need these commands for moving around the barrels and keeping his balance. Getting your horse to place his weight on his hindquarters and to disengage his front end is accomplished by simply teaching him to back up. This helps the horse by getting down and around the barrel. You lose seconds off your time if your horse moves too broad or knocks over a cone because he does not slow down enough.
Set up barrels on an area free of grass. Grass tends to be slippery and dangerous for the horse and rider. Walk your horse through the barrel pattern. If your horse is about 10 feet from the barrel, stop the horse; take at least three steps back, making sure the horse’s hind end is under him. Have your horse go forward walking round the barrel. Do this for every barrel but after the third barrel, go back to the Port St. Lucie fl rat removal. Proceed to trotting the barrels once your horse masters walking the pattern. Trot up to the barrels but continue to walk around them. Have your horse start trotting when you start moving away from the barrel. Once your horse is doing well trotting around the barrels, then you should begin loping the barrels. Have someone videotape you and your horse while working the barrels to look for any issues. You will have the ability to decide whether your horse is changing leads properly or if he is slowing down when needed. At any time of training, if your horse is having difficulties with the routine, fix it before it gets out of hand by going back and walking through the routine. Do not attempt to put speed on your horse until he is well experienced, usually at least one year.
To get your horse use to running in various arenas, let him barrel race in small shows or exhibitions. Make sure to keep your horses’ mind fair and yours, by doing something other than barrels. Keeping your horse happy is essential for him to be a good barrel racer.


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