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    08-04-2012, 01:45 AM

Hello! So I really wanna learn how to berrel race I always have anyway I was wondering what all goes into it (money wise). And is there anyone that lives in Tennessee or Georgie I could talk to. That would be awesome. Thanks!
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    08-04-2012, 02:23 AM
DrumRunner lives in Georgia. :)

As far as money, that depends. At the small, low-level gymkhanas I am currently taking mare to (She is new to this) I pay $6 per run, but it's also $40 in gas to get there and back.

Now, the next step up is a small association, which is around $20 to enter the class. And it keeps going up depending on the level. Those are both low level associations.

As far as the tack goes, a nice used barrel saddle will probably run you from $500-$700 in my area. Of course then you need to get a nice pad, headstall, bit, boots and wraps, etc.

I don't know what you are starting out with....But I do reccomend you get a trainer to help you. Good luck :)
    08-04-2012, 02:43 AM
Thanks I'm actually starting out from scratch I'm trying to find someone who can teach me.
    08-04-2012, 02:59 AM
Hmmm, start hanging out at some local shows and just watch. You can ask around or maybe they might have some kind of board that people advertise lessons or training. You could also go to the sign-up booth and ask if they know of someone who does that sort of stuff.

With your tack, you'll come out farther ahead if you go with functional, instead of fashionable. Yes the bling is nice, trust me, I like a good lookin' headstall and breastcollar as much as the next girl, but you'll save money in the beginning by either buying plain Jane stuff, or blinging it yourself.

You can go on Barrel Horse World, and they have a great forum. Maybe chat with some people on there, and they might know of someone in your area. Don't get discouraged though if it takes some time to find someone! I know plenty of people who are self taught as well, but that can be a long, hard road that you'll need to be committed to.

Either way, I wish ya luck. :)
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    08-05-2012, 11:40 PM
If I selfteach myself does anyone know of any drills or anything I could use? (thanks in advance!)
    08-06-2012, 01:57 AM
Research some of the bigger name trainers and see if they have any sort of video series. You can also go to giddyupflix and they let you try videos out before you buy it.
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    08-07-2012, 12:00 PM
Green Broke
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.
    08-08-2012, 05:31 PM
I can't send messages yet so I sent it on facebook
    08-08-2012, 05:44 PM
Green Broke
Hmm.. I haven't gotten it yet? Maybe you need to add me or something? I'm not sure.
    08-08-2012, 10:14 PM
Ok ill send you a request

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