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post #1 of 13 Old 06-15-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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How do you get into barrel racing?

I never figured I'd be interested in showing Scotch, but I've come to realize he's too good to not find something to do. And I'd like to try my hand at barrel racing him.

My skills? I've barrel raced at a fun show a few times, didn't do badly at all (different horse, though). I know it doesn't really count, but if all else fails, I can make a video of mock barrel racing with him, show it to you, and go from there?

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-15-2012, 05:55 PM
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Find a good clinic and go to one so you can learn good habits right off the bat instead of struggling through on your own and potentially learning bad habits. Even if you just go and watch a good clinic you will learn lots in my opinion. Then just go out and have some fun and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions and be open to suggestions.

Oh and you will need three barrels!!! That is about the extent of my barrel racing knowledge! There are others on here that will be great resources.

Have fun!!!
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Find a good clinic and go to one so you can learn good habits right off the bat instead of struggling through on your own and potentially learning bad habits. Even if you just go and watch a good clinic you will learn lots in my opinion. Then just go out and have some fun and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions and be open to suggestions.

Oh and you will need three barrels!!! That is about the extent of my barrel racing knowledge! There are others on here that will be great resources.

Have fun!!!

Is it not common knowledge that you use three barrels...? Hell, I even know the typical pattern.

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I was probably 10 years old. I had been taking lessons for about a year (still a beginner) and I was trail riding with my friend and her parents at their house. They barrel raced and have the pattern set up. I thought I was just going to putz around the pattern on my lazy mare. We trot the first, trot the second, come round the turn and my mare through Turn and Burn Baby! Apparently she knew the pattern. I cried. Then a few years later I was Queen at my riding club!
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-15-2012, 06:03 PM
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Is it not common knowledge that you use three barrels...? Hell, I even know the typical pattern.

I was just joking! I really don't know anything about the technical side of barrel racing but having team roped for a number of years I wish I would have done two things when I started. One go to a good clinic to get started and second I wish I would have had the funds to buy a broke seasoned horse so I could have just worked on my roping. I think I am a better ride for not having bought one but looking back it would have been a lot easier. I know that you want to use your horse which I think is great but there will be days with growing pains I can assure you but it is really rewarding once you get there!

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post #6 of 13 Old 06-15-2012, 07:08 PM
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I started off with actually 6 barrels. My friend began teaching me to run a pattern of 6, in two rows of 3, weaving around them with the right pocket until my horse knew how to properly approach the barrels. We'd do that for hours. Then we set up the normal pattern and worked those at a trot, then lope, then an actual run.

With about a month of putting the pattern on my first horse, he was ready to haul! From then on we hauled every weekend to some playday and practiced the pattern during the week.

That's how I got started.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-16-2012, 12:02 AM
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I got kind of a hard start lol. My aunt had two finished barrel horses. One of which was lazy and a bucker, the other crazy and would not stop. I rode both alternately and learned MANY, MANY skills on both. First, I learned how to ride a buck, and, second, I learned what a one rein stop was. LOL oh yeah, I also learned that the ground is HARD, tree branches are evil, and the pavement WILL burn you. It took me 3 years to make a decent run. Once I got going I was the one to beat, though!

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-16-2012, 01:51 AM
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My team roping mare isn't the type that goes on rides out in the fields, so to keep her in shape at home, I'd just fool around on barrels with her, so that's how a learned and got hooked.

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post #9 of 13 Old 06-16-2012, 02:08 AM
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You're going to want to find a trainer or coach in your area and take a few lessons first. It's a fun sport and an easy one to get into..but you don't want to get into it on the wrong foot. It's very easy to just think "Oh I just run around three barrels..Pssh..Easy!" and that's just not the case.. You have to ease yourself and your horse into it at a speed that is right for you both, it's not something you can just quickly pick up.. With a trainer/coach though you should both be able to figure it out and slowly get better at it. Set small goals for yourself and your horse..It's nice to have that big goal out there but sometimes people can get discouraged when they are just looking at that big goal and it's not happening, look for those "big" small moments that are really big steps in themselves..

I started a great thread that most of the barrel racers have added even more good information and ideas to that you could check out and just read through, it will give you an idea of some of the things you're looking at, and even a ton of beginner things you can start to do with your horse..
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.

Just remember small goals, keep things slow, and just have fun with it! Good Luck!!

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-16-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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I honestly have no idea how to find a trainer.
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