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  • Can barrel race with a direct reining horse
  • Is barrel racing one handed or two handed

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    08-26-2011, 06:33 PM
  #1
Foal
How to hold the reins while Barrel Racing

I've been barrel racing since I was a little girl. I've never heard of there being a certain way to hold the reins while barrel racing.

I was told by another barrel racer that I was holding my reins wrong.

How I rein, just depends on the horse I am riding. Most of the time I use one hand, some times I use 2 if my horse doesn't know how to neck rein or doesn't do it very well.

This girl and her friend told me "reining for barrel racing is different than how you rein for English or Western."
I don't understand what she means by that.

It may sound rudde but my response to her was "I thought this was a timed event and not a judged event."

My question is isthere a certain way us barrel racers must rein?
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    08-26-2011, 08:38 PM
  #2
Showing
Are you using gaming reins? It's different than when using split reins. Most people have them short so they just hold the little loop with a piano hand. If the horse doesn't neck rein, I use a longer gaming rein and two piano hands.
     
    08-26-2011, 09:01 PM
  #3
Yearling
I've always used one hand the inside rein around the barrels, and 2 hands between the barrels. You would have to post pictures or a video to really understand if you were doing something wrong
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    08-26-2011, 09:42 PM
  #4
Green Broke
There can be ways to hold your reins "wrong" (so to speak) in barrel racing.

Split reins aren't used for competition, although can be useful for training purposes.

If your barrel reins are too long, it will be putting your hands, arms, and body out of position.

If you are pulling your reins out to the side (elbow out), that is incorrect because it often causes your horse to lose their body position and collection. Keeping your hands in (pull your hand toward your belt buckle) and elbows in will keep you better centered.

Two hands or one hand is both fine. It depends on the horse you are riding, although you will typically see most finished horses being ridden one-handed.

As barrelracer23 already pointed out, we'd need to see video or pictures of you barrel racing to get an idea of what that other rider might have seen.
     
    08-26-2011, 10:44 PM
  #5
Foal
I'll have to video myself and see what the girl was talking about.

I've always been taught when indirect reining your hand must NEVER cross the horse's neck, I've never done that. Or at least to my knowledge.

When I do direct rein I make sure to pull to my hip and not swing my arm out like I see many do.

I could be doing something wrong that I don not realize. I'll check it out.
If I can find out how I'll post the video up here too.

Thanks guys! (:
     
    08-29-2011, 05:15 PM
  #6
Banned
You should not be neck-reining. You should be doing a combination of direct reining (to finish a turn) and indirect reining (to position the horse).
     
    08-30-2011, 06:28 PM
  #7
Weanling
What Bubba said....
I'd like to add that you font necessarily pull to your hip/pocket....that breaks forward momentum
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    09-03-2011, 09:26 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
You should not be neck-reining. You should be doing a combination of direct reining (to finish a turn) and indirect reining (to position the horse).
In general, I would agree with this statement BUT there are exceptions to the rule. My mother's horse is one of them. We bought her when she was 8 years old and we do basically nothing but neck rein her with all the gaming events. That's just how she responds the best.

So yes in general, I would agree that you shouldn't neck rein a barrel horse while competing .... but there are exceptions.

Here's a video to show what I mean. It is a little fuzzy (I think the video camera settings were messed up as all our videos turned out fuzzy that day). And yes she is turning more on her front end than back end around the barrels. That's due to a soreness issue we've been having with laminitis; she should have been shoed this year but our usual farrier moved to Texas and the other one was over an hour drive due to flooded closed roads (I'da paid anyway .... but my parents didn't want to .... but she needs to be shoed).

Anywho..... ignoring everything else, I wanted to show the neck reining!!
     
    09-03-2011, 09:28 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by 1RedHorse    
I'd like to add that you font necessarily pull to your hip/pocket....that breaks forward momentum
Agreed. Pulling to the hip is still too far "out" in my book. I try to aim to pull toward my belt buckle. And not so much a pull, as a twist of the wrist.

But of course, that will vary from horse to horse and based on the running style, like everything else.
     
    09-03-2011, 09:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Agreed. Pulling to the hip is still too far "out" in my book. I try to aim to pull toward my belt buckle. And not so much a pull, as a twist of the wrist.

But of course, that will vary from horse to horse and based on the running style, like everything else.
Say what? Lol.

I've never heard or seen anyone pull that far inward...

This is how I have my hands



And heres the run(he always has a crappy 1st)
I couldnt imaging pulling to my buckle...itd be almost like a 1 rein stop cue
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