First of all, I need to ask you for some more information:
1) How old is your horse?
2) How many years has he been running barrels?
3) When did you purchase him (how many years have you had him)?
4) Is he your first barrel horse?
5) How old are you and how long have you been running barrels?
6) Are you currently working with a barrel racing trainer?
7) Do you have a video you can show us?
8) Has your horse been checked by an equine dentist? Equine chiropractor? Equine Vet?
Do no take any of these questions personally. We dont' know anything about you, so I have to ask questions to find out the answer.
I've been having this problem with my barrel horse that past year where when I go to turn the first barrel he passes it up and runs half way up the wall
When a horse has this issues it is usually
--He is soured on the barrels and needs a break or re-training
--He is in pain somewhere (teeth, back, saddle/tack, etc) that causes him pain on that direction of turn.
--You are asking him to turn too soon (rider error). If you turn too soon, he cannot see the barrel, and will often duck off or else hit the barrel.
and someone told me that I need to get a tie down
told you that you needed a tie down? Who is this person? Are they a trainer?
Because let me tell you that you do NOT need a tie down for this. You need to figure out what is causing him to duck off the first barrel, not just try to cover it up with a tie down.
You do not need a tie down.
so my friend let me try her's out and it worked so I went out and bought one that matched my tack set and put it on him at my rodeo and he went nuts he started rearing up on me he wouldn't turn it made him worse
Did you take the time to let him get used to the tie down, before you slapped it on him at a rodeo?
Either way, you don't need one, but you should never introduce new tack all of a sudden; espeically at an actual rodeo.
so this barrel racer that was there came up and looked at it and she said it wasn't to tight or to loose that it was just right but she said that I need to get a used one cause her horse did the samething with a new one
Again, who are these random people you are trusting? Do you know this barrel racer, or was she also a "someone
Do you yourself know how to properly adjust a tie down?
so I have been looking every where I've been putting ads on craigs list and everything and I just can't find a used one anywhere:/ Does anyone know of a web site or somewhere I can get one?? And is nilon or leather the best to get???
As said above, you don't need a tie down. We need to figure out WHY your horse is ducking off. Not just cover up the problem.