I taught myself to barrel race, I'm running in the 1D/2D locally.
BUT! I asked for help from many people, tips. I didn't start "lessons" until two weeks ago. ANYONE can teach themselves to do something. I never felt embarrassment from not knowing what I was doing. I ran at a small arena where the main purpose was to learn and teach yourself. Nobody judged and everyone was helpful.
It was never my pride that kept me from barrel racing lessons, it was my antisocial and shy personality.
Now in taking lessons, the worst they can do is not help to your wanting. Find someone who is worth the money and has a great reputation and take lessons.
You could always ask riders for tips on what they do, most of then are happy to help!!
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