Barrel racing help!! - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By beau159
  • 1 Post By BarrelRacer23
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 13
• Horses: 1
Smile Barrel racing help!!

In December I got a barrel racing qh. He is a smart little Lena grandson. He does about everything, and does it perfect! I have tried barely racing him. I started slow for a while. First walking then trotting. But when I tried to just lope it it turned into full speed barrel racing! I have never barrel raced before and I would like some tips to try to control him when we attempt to barrel race! Thank you!!
misty moon is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 10:35 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 5,752
• Horses: 3
Control in barrel racing, means you have control at ALL other times you are riding your horse.

Typically, when a horse goes out of control on the pattern, its when the horse has been asked to go too fast too soon.

How long did you walk the pattern? Days? Weeks? Months?

How long did you trot the pattern?

To put this into perspective, my horse I am currently training for barrels was walking/trotting the pattern for over 2 months before I ever attempted to lope it. It is all about knowing your horse and knowing what they can handle.

Do you have any videos of you and your horse doing the barrels? It's hard to guess what's going on when we can't see it.

Either way, I like my horses to be able to do the following things before you start barrel work:
--walk, trot, and lope on a loose rein, and relaxed
--stop softly and immediately from any speed
--back up freely when asked
--give to the bit in any direction, and break at the poll
--neck rein and direct rein
--be able to sidepass and two-track
--can execute a turn on the fore, or a turn on the haunches
--simple lead changes and flying lead changes
--can perform “perfect circles” with little help from the rider

If you can't do those things first, then you won't have complete control of your horse on the barrels.

I suggest you read through the barrel sticky on this forum. It has a lot of good information in it.
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
Annanoel likes this.

∞*˚ Βгįťţαňγ ˚*∞
It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.
beau159 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 12:09 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 1,290
• Horses: 2
Take lessons. What I gathered from your post is that you bought your horse who was already trained for barrels, and you are new to barrels. In that case finding someone to give you lessons would be best. Or take some videos and post them here may help.
Posted via Mobile Device
gamingirl22 likes this.
BarrelRacer23 is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 09:59 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North Texas
Posts: 80
• Horses: 0
How did he do when he ran? Sounds like you already have a finished barrel horse....would have to see some videos. :)

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.~John Wayne~
MySissyGirl is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 04-04-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 13
• Horses: 1
It was mostly getting him to slow down my first time around. Thanks for the tips!
Posted via Mobile Device
misty moon is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTS in the US Nathan Lamb barrel saddle and pink barrel racing equipment stan5050 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 3 07-24-2011 12:47 PM
Barrel Racing and Racing Bloodline. HopalongCassidy General Off Topic Discussion 4 02-24-2011 01:08 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome