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    03-31-2011, 08:00 AM
  #11
Yearling
^^ I know. I was just kidding. I have a thoroughbred running and I expect you have a Arabian. But like everyone says QH are fastest. But yes there is more to it then a fast horse. Also what age range would you bee looking for?
     
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    03-31-2011, 12:50 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Where to start.......

Obviously, many professionals have dedicated their lives to understanding and perfecting the art of barrel racing, so there is way more to know about it than you can learn on any chat forum -- but it's a start.

First I would recommend for you to start reading up! There are lots of great books and DVDs out there that can really give you a foundation on all aspects of barrel racing such as training, tack, picking out a prospect or trained horse to buy, the dynamics of the pattern, health and horse care, traveling, and much more. A few of my favorites are Charmayne James, Sherry Cervi, and Sharon Camarillo, but there are LOTS of resources out there.

You can get the books or DVDs used for cheap prices on either Amazon or Ebay so I would check that out.

Also, since you don't have any experience with barrels, it would be best for you to find someone who IS who can help you select a barrel racing horse. Since you are just starting, I would recommend looking for an older finished barrel horse that has been there and done that. You will learn the best by having a horse that already knows what they are doing.

Yes, typically quarter horses are the best for barrel racing but there are always exceptions to the rule. There have been many paints, thoroughbreds, and appendix quarter horses (and more breeds) that have been very successful at barrel racing. Yes, the horse has to be fast, but more important is a good mind and a big heart. A horse that TRIES 100% everytime cannot be given a price.

The best advice I can give you is to START SLOW. Yes, you may purchase a horse that can go fast because they know what they are doing but you do not want to develop bad rider habits that can happen if you start going too fast too soon than what you are ready for. Barrel racing is much more than just hanging on while you whip and spur away at the horse. Your body position and your cues are SO important to guide your horse through the best pattern possible. No one will judge you for taking your time and going slow because everyone has to start somewhere.
     
    03-31-2011, 01:06 PM
  #13
Yearling
^^^ EVERYTHING she said^^^

Also i'd like to still help you find a horse.
     
    03-31-2011, 04:40 PM
  #14
Foal
I would suggest finding a good trainer and taking lessons from them. Then you can possibly lease one of their horses or they could help you find a good horse =)
     
    03-31-2011, 06:59 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks so much guys for the helpful info! I'll see if there is anyone who gives barrel racing lessons around here, too. I think I have a book on barrel racing somewhere around.... hopefully I can find it!

HopalongCassidy: I'm not sure if i'm going to buy a horse right now but you can always look (if you want to )! I'm an okay rider, not a beginner but not uber good... my price at this time is probably at MOST $5000 but things may change later. I live in Washington and would probably go anywhere in the state or northern oregon for it. I'm about 5' 5" and don't mind tall horses (not super tall though), smaller horses are fin though too. I hope this helps!! Thanks!
     
    03-31-2011, 08:01 PM
  #16
Yearling
I'm going to pick some out. Tell me if you like any of them. Also I will put some horses down that aren't trained on barrels but have potential. Hopefully you have a trainer some where. I tell you training your self will be hard. I taught my self and find my self having difficulty. There is a trainer not to far from me. I think i'll start taking lessons.

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I'll look for more tomorrow. Tell me the ones you like.
     
    04-01-2011, 09:36 AM
  #17
Yearling
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    04-01-2011, 09:59 AM
  #18
Yearling
^^ sorry for posting above. I wasn't done but pushed post.^^

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    04-01-2011, 10:52 AM
  #19
Started
I love beau's post. Excellent!

I have a book by Marlene McRae called Barrel Racing 101 and it's great. Got it on Amazon. Before you buy a horse for barrels, I recommend finding a trainer that can give you lessons on one first so you can see what you want/don't want in one.
     
    04-01-2011, 01:23 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MethowHorses25    
Thanks so much guys for the helpful info! I'll see if there is anyone who gives barrel racing lessons around here, too. I think I have a book on barrel racing somewhere around.... hopefully I can find it!

HopalongCassidy: I'm not sure if i'm going to buy a horse right now but you can always look (if you want to )! I'm an okay rider, not a beginner but not uber good... my price at this time is probably at MOST $5000 but things may change later. I live in Washington and would probably go anywhere in the state or northern oregon for it. I'm about 5' 5" and don't mind tall horses (not super tall though), smaller horses are fin though too. I hope this helps!! Thanks!
If you can find a barrel trainer in your area that has a horse you can ride for now, that would be the best thing you can do. Because it will give you a chance to try barrel racing before you go and invest $$$$$ in buying a horse.

But I also wanted to stress that if you do decide to buy a horse, do NOT buy a horse that is only a prospect! I know it's all "warm and fuzzy" to think that you and the horse can learn together to run the barrels..... but it never works that way. You are going to learn SO much better and faster if you don't have to worry about your horse too. So if you do decide to buy a horse, get a finished horse with no bad habits that knows their job and can take care of you while you are learning.

Good luck! Barrel racing is a blast.
     

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