Absolutely lessons will help.
Originally Posted by Kelsie1
I've been thinking about this and by now you all probably know that my 6 year old barrel horse is having problems on the pattern like passing up the first barrel and not having good turns or anything!! I was wandering if I start taking barrel racing lessons if that will help us out?? I mean I'm 17 and everything I know about barrel racing is stuff I learned on my own or out of books or on the internet I have never had barrel racing lessons. And I wana get goos at it cause it really means a lot to me!! So that's why I was wandering if taking lessons would help?
Would you want to fly in an airplane that was piloted by a pilot who only read about how to fly a plane in books and on the internet? Heck no. You'd want a pilot who had hands-on training from an instructor.
Barrel racing isn't any different. Hands-on training from an instructor is way more valuable than books or the internet.
There is always going to be someone who knows more than you. Therefore lessons are always relevant. I've been barrel racing since I was 4 years old, and guess what? I'm going to take a few barrel racing lessons this summer. You are never too old and never too experienced to seek the help of someone else. And if anyone looks down upon you for taking lessons, then they have no business even being near a horse.
However, please stay away from the "trainer" that suggested you use a tie down in the first place for this horse, because they clearly don't know what they are doing.