Originally Posted by SorrelHorse
DrumRunner lives in Georgia. :)
I sure do..OP I would be glad to talk with you if you'd like and where you're from would give me a good idea if I could get you with a trainer in your area or even if you're close to me I could help you out.
SorrelHorse and the others have points out very good things for you to consider before really starting to jump into this on your own. Barrel racing is awesome and fun but it takes a lot of time and hard work to really get to the big levels of competition. There are a tons of drills and exercises that you can do to work with your horse that will help for barrels but it's not working on the pattern. Before you start a horse on the pattern it needs to be able to do perfect lead changes, side passing, counter arches, flexing from side to side, great response to leg pressures, you need to work on having light hands and a very good seat.. All of these are HGUE factors to worry about before you even start walking the pattern. There is a lot more that I could go into greater detail with you but it's much better if explaining it in person, or over the phone..We could also help a lot more if you could post videos or pictures of you riding.
I'm going to add a link to a thread I started and others have added a lot of good information. There is a lot of stuff for you to read through, lots of good videos. Just remember not to start barrels at all until you can do the beginning exercises and the things I said above before any barrel work. Those things are the foundation of barrels and if you don't have a good foundation you'll run into problems later down the road that will be harder to fix. Training a barrel horse is a long process, it takes months to years for a barrel horse..A good training program can last up to almost two years for starting and seasoning a horse, only then can you start really pushing at shows.. Anyway, if you want to I'm going to send you a PM and you can get back with me and see what I can help you with. Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.