Originally Posted by BornToRun
Get the help of someone who has experience training horses to barrel race.
Like BornToRun said, you may want to find someone to answer questions for you. I have heard a lot of things about taking a cutting horse or a reining horse and putting him on barrels. The better thing about a cutting horse is, he is trained to think for himself and act, while the reining horse is trained to wait for every cue. That's make a reining horse a little harder to put on barrels, because they are not very forgiving for a novice rider, whereas a cutting horse will give you a little more room for mistakes. (I'm not making excuses for anyone, just a general statement that things can go wrong lol)