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    12-01-2011, 05:28 PM
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Foal
Am I to old to start barrel racing??

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!!
     
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    12-01-2011, 06:33 PM
  #2
Started
You are definitely NOT too old to start barrels! I would look for instructors in you area and go from there. If you have the opportunity to go to any barrel clinics, that would be a plus. I've found that barrels (and I haven't ran any in awhile) are the next best thing to breezing a race horse (which I also haven't done in a longer while!).
     
    12-01-2011, 06:37 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Definitely not to old!! Agree finding a good trainer first is your best bet as I had a not so great trainer before that set me in some horrible habits instead of helping me improve Im having to back track with my new trainer.
     
    12-01-2011, 06:37 PM
  #4
Foal
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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! :)
     
    12-01-2011, 10:26 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the faith! I just feel like getting into the game at this age is to late, but like I said Thank you for your responses!
I have a horse as a prospect, but I can't find any trainers close enough to be able to go on a regular basis...any other suggestions??
Absolutely any helpful hints or anything is greatly appreciated.
     
    12-01-2011, 10:57 PM
  #6
Showing
Any local western riders that can help you with your barrel racing?
     
    12-03-2011, 01:35 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Let me just tell you that the Women's Professional Rodeo Association rookie of the year for 2011 is Lee Ann Rust, who is 53 years old.

You are NEVER too old to start anything!!!

Go for it.
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    12-04-2011, 10:45 PM
  #8
Foal
Your never too old!A lot of people learn to barrel race when they are in their 30's , 40's or even 50's.
     
    12-04-2011, 11:03 PM
  #9
Yearling
There are quite a few barrel-racing grandmas in my area who are pretty tough competition!
     
    12-05-2011, 11:20 AM
  #10
Foal
Thank you everyone! I am going to do it! I just have to not worry about getting into it later then others!
There aren't any riders that I know personally, I know there are ladies in my area that ride in the county fair rodeo and stuff, I just don't know any names...
Also, I'm assuming it is best to get a horse that is already trained in barrels as a first barrel horse? Is this the best way to go? If so, how much should I expect to pay for my first barrel horse? Any suggestions on where to get one? (It doesn't have to be registered)
Thanks again to all replies!
     

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