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  • How long does it take to learn to barrel race
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    07-07-2011, 11:31 PM
  #21
Foal
Thanks Beau! I've found a few trainers in my area and will get more info on them before I decide which one to take lessons from! Also, do you think leasing a horse would be good to do after deciding to do barrel racing but if you're not ready to make the huge commitment?
And Hopalong Cassidy: I'm soo sorry for taking so long to reply :) I've been having a really hard time deciding which riding discipline to continue with but have narrowed it down to barrel racing (most likely) or reining (maybe). Most of the horses you recommended to me have been deleted already but thanks SO SO much for taking the time to find some horses for me! I'll keep you updated on my progress with barrel racing and with PM you (or something haha) when I'm ready to start looking for a horse to buy! Thanks!
     
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    07-07-2011, 11:48 PM
  #22
Foal
Hi there! I'm sure you have plenty of this already...but the biggest advice I can give you is work on balance! Also work on understanding how your horse works and moves, really feel his strides and get comfortable with him/her! I am so happy to welcome you to the barrel racing world! I have been competing for years and I can't tell you how much fun it is! Congrats!
     
    07-08-2011, 05:15 AM
  #23
Banned
QUARTER HORSE IS THE WAY TO GO ALL DAY LONG!
NOTHING BUT QUARTER HORSE!
And get a registered one please! Well worth it in the end!
Your best bet it going to be a finished push button barrel horse.
Get something between the ages of 15 and older.
Do not worry about getting and older horse and if it is going to last you
     
    07-08-2011, 05:27 AM
  #24
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QUARTER HORSE IS THE WAY TO GO ALL DAY LONG!
NOTHING BUT QUARTER HORSE!
And get a registered one please! Well worth it in the end!
Your best bet it going to be a finished push button barrel horse.
Get something between the ages of 15 and older.
Do not worry about getting and older horse and if it is going to last you
By getting something older and finished it will be something that can teach you how to do it, trust the horse, and build your way up to something younger and faster.
Many think they can train their own horse but your wrong! So many horses are bought and trained the "cowboy" way and that is a sure way to get a nut or turn a horse into a nut! Doing things the right way and starting with something already taught the right way is the best way to go for yourself and the horse.
Best thing to do it to contact you local barn and or local barrel trainer if there is one near by and research research research! Do not buy the first thing you ride or the first thing you fall in love with! Go look at and ride hundreds of horses if you have to so that you will really figure out what you want.
Leasing a horse is a good idea aswel, that way if you start of with an older horse in a year or so you can buy a not so finished horse that is younger and faster.
Check out equine.com and barrelhorseworld.com they are both good sites
As a first time buyer of a barrel horse stay away from anything that has gate issues or loading issues or standing for a farrier issues get a horse that loves water and stands quite get one that has never colic or any other healt issues also go and see how they catch the horse and saddle up want that to all be easy for them and then watch how they ride and what the horse can do with rider and get a feel yourself most importantly make sure you get a horse that you love do not get a horse that you do not like everything aout
IT IS NOT GOING TO BE CHEAP and when it comes to getting the right horse for the right price well you need to be more worried about getting the RIGHT horse for you NO MATTER the price
Barrel horses are not cheap and cost more time and money then just you back yard horses do so keep that in mind
If you have any questions please feel free to ask :)
Hpe this helped :)
     
    07-13-2011, 12:51 AM
  #25
Yearling
I have only been barrel racing for about a year now but there is so much I have learned in that short amount of time. First, go with what Beau said, try it before you make any further decision because the fact this is not a cheap sport.

Second, when looking for a trainer, make sure you are fully comfortable with their teaching techniques because if you are not, it will make it more difficult to learn; there are many trainers that have different techniques and you just have to find the right one that will suit you.

Thirdly, when you're looking for a horse, make sure it is finished on barrels (it will make learning for you much easier), and you might want to ask how long it has been racing for just to get an idea. Also, I was always taught, if you learn it right going slow, it will make it much easier to learn it right when you're going fast; you don't want to pick up any bad habits although it is very fun to go fast you will be better off starting off slow because you will learn better and in the end it will make you not only a better barrel racer but a better rider in general. Oh and don't rush when you're looking into buying a horse I cannot express that enough!! I understand being excited to just get your horse and start learning but make sure it is the right horse for you.

Onto the equipment needed. You will need a barrel saddle, barrel reins (standard barrel racing reins are 8 feat but I prefer shorter reins so I use 7 feat reins), and depending on the horse splint boots and bell boots (bell boots are if the horse over reaches which is when they are galloping, their back hoofs hit the back of their front hoofs which cuts them) so when you're looking at horses to buy make sure to ask if the horse will need splint boots and bell boots but most people ride with them anyways, find a bit that works for the horse (I favor the Sherry Cervi bits, she is a professional barrel racer), breast collar and a helmet if you are more comfortable wearing one personally I don't but it all depends on the rider.

Overall, just do A LOT of research to get yourself familiar with horse breeds that are mostly common in barrel racing which is quarter horses but that is not always the only breed used I have an arabian saddlebred cross and let me tell you, he has been racing for eight years now and he is just soooo good, for me anyways so it doesn't always have to be a quarter horse. Anyways, get yourself familiar with tack and barrel courses (of course), you will be better off soaking in as much knowledge as you can and over time you will learn more.

I hope I helped even a little bit and good luck with everything!! :) :) :)
     
    07-14-2011, 12:38 PM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
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.
This is EXCELLENT advice! The very best thing you can do is find a barrel racing trainer who will give you lessons on a finished barrel horse so you can learn the ins and outs. Then somewhere down the road you can start looking for your own barrel horse, maybe have the trainer help you or of course we on here would help.

Barrel horses can be tricky and can be ruined very easily should the wrong rider get their hands on them. Alot of people think run, run, run makes a good barrel horse but it doesn't - that creates a strung out barrel horse. You probably wouldn't believe the slow work that goes into a GOOD barrel horse. It all comes down to the slow work!

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Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
QUARTER HORSE IS THE WAY TO GO ALL DAY LONG!
NOTHING BUT QUARTER HORSE!
And get a registered one please! Well worth it in the end!
Your best bet it going to be a finished push button barrel horse.
Get something between the ages of 15 and older.
Do not worry about getting and older horse and if it is going to last you
A barrel horse does not NEED to be a QH. I fully understand they are perferred and most common, but there are also other breeds to consider too. I'm only saying this because your post made it sound like you ABSOLUTELY need a QH and barrel racing doesn't allow other breeds when really, it seems to be the only discipline you can get to a high level with a grade horse. Maybe that's why I love it so much...okay no, but it makes me love it that much more since I run on a Standardbred/QH
     
    07-14-2011, 10:13 PM
  #27
Banned
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Originally Posted by kmdstar    
A barrel horse does not NEED to be a QH. I fully understand they are perferred and most common, but there are also other breeds to consider too. I'm only saying this because your post made it sound like you ABSOLUTELY need a QH and barrel racing doesn't allow other breeds when really, it seems to be the only discipline you can get to a high level with a grade horse. Maybe that's why I love it so much...okay no, but it makes me love it that much more since I run on a Standardbred/QH


Oh I have been left speechless by many horses that are not QH in the barrel world I have seen many different breeds run it and even some grade horses that can go out there and kill it even better then any QH but if I was starting someone out I would recomend getting a QH, and what I should have added to my earlier post, that way if you turn out to not really click with barrels a QH is very versitile, also a reg QH is alot easier to sell then something that is not. Trust me! Been there done that! :)
     

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