Originally Posted by drh023
Hi, I'm 23 years old, 24 in the spring. I've grown up on a farm and rode horse off and on throughout my life. I'm comfortable in the saddle, even on strong headed horses. I've always wanted to do barrels, I'm just wondering if I am to old to actually start competing. I see many girls starting so young, and feel I'm to old to do so.
I also could use advice on how to even get started in organizations and rodeos and so on, if there is a chance of me being able to start at my age.
Thank you for your opinions and help!!
There is never too old in the horse world. My opinion would be lease a horse and get a trainer to show you the ropes of barrel racing and continue on from there. (Or if you already have a horse get a trainer. I've been told trainers help tons..I could sure use one!) And how I got started into barrel racing was start small. I started with my county fair (Easy and light stuff) and then moved towards to open shows. Then I joined a Barrel and Poles club where we have a 'show' once every week. But since I wasn't comfortable going into my division yet (running for money) I decided to do exhibition. Which I think is a good way to get the swing of things and understand how things go. Then after you get used to it you can move on to whatever division you belong in. Probably Open or if they have a Senior class. I haven't showed in any rodeos yet but that's what I plan on doing after I get used to running for money and of course after lots of practice.
This is just what I
would do if I started at that age. I didn't start seriously
getting into Barrel racing until I was about 13. But I was a gymkhana junkie before that! :)