Originally Posted by Lexi08
All I'm wondering is if you think it is possible to be a self-taught barrel racer
I think it depends on your personal goals.
If you are just going to go to little fun shows locally, and you don't care if you place because you're just doing it for fun, then sure: Self-taught is fine.
But if you want to WIN when you compete in barrels, then you need to work with a trainer. While there are lots of books and DVDs available, they cannot replace hands-on training with someone who knows what they are doing.
Yes, there are self-taught barrel racers out there who do win. But if you think about all the mistakes they made during their journey, they could have avoided most of them by learning from someone else who has been there and done that. Why repeat the same mistakes that someone else has already made?