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    10-14-2013, 10:23 PM
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Foal
Want to start barrel racing .

I want to start riding horses again but I need
To know how to get started and how long it will take to learn and what I need to ride and compete .
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    10-14-2013, 10:32 PM
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Green Broke
Find a place to take lessons. How long will it take to compete? About a year. It really depends on your trainer and your capabilities. What you need? Boots, jeans and money.
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    10-15-2013, 12:28 AM
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Green Broke
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Find a place to take lessons. How long will it take to compete? About a year. It really depends on your trainer and your capabilities. What you need? Boots, jeans and money.
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I agree. MONEY lol.. and time, boots and jeans;) yes of course.. haha.. lessons would be great..

BUT I disagree with the a year thing.. .. MAYBE.. If I wrong correct me.. but did you( OP) state you're getting back into riding? So Have you rode before?

If so, I think it shouldn't take a year to be competing, if you have a been there done that horse. If your new new.. its going to take longer..
     
    10-15-2013, 08:40 AM
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Yearling
Everyone progresses at their own pace and time. That's with anything. You want to work on getting back into riding firstly.

What you'll want more than anything is a good barrel beginner horse. One that knows what their doing and can teach you above anything. It will make it much easier for you to progress as a rider.
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    10-15-2013, 09:09 AM
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Green Broke
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I agree. MONEY lol.. and time, boots and jeans;) yes of course.. haha.. lessons would be great..

BUT I disagree with the a year thing.. .. MAYBE.. If I wrong correct me.. but did you( OP) state you're getting back into riding? So Have you rode before?

If so, I think it shouldn't take a year to be competing, if you have a been there done that horse. If your new new.. its going to take longer..
I believe in solid foundations, that's why I say a year. I expect my students to ride all gaits with no stirrups, be*able to balance themselves and stay out of their horses way, control the horse with their body and not their, then there are turning drills before you even see the barrels. I'm not the kind of person who throws someone up on a horse and just let's them start flying around all willy nilly. In the end it makes you a better rider and a better barrel racer.
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    10-15-2013, 09:20 AM
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Green Broke
Welcome!

Barrel racing is a blast, but it isn't a "cookie cutter" for everyone. I started barrel racing when I was 4-years-old so I was fortunate to grow up with it. I have a cousin who's been taking English riding lessons and she took lessons for 2 years before ever even competing in her first show (jumping, at a trot).

Everyone is going to learn at different paces. So it's really hard to give you a time frame because it is going to vary so much.

First I would encourage you to check out this thread:
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
It's got a lot of great information for beginner barrel racers.

How experienced of a rider are you? You said that you want to start riding "again" so this would mean you already have some riding experience. Either way, I highly suggest you take lessons from a trainer because it is very important to control and cue your horse effectively.

What horse are you going to be using? It would be wise for you to purchase an older (over 10 years old) horse who is already trained for barrels and suitable for someone just starting out. Yes, it is possible to train your horse for barrels as you are learning, but it is not the ideal route. Keep in mind it takes 6 months to 2 years to correctly train a horse to barrel race; usually closer to that 2 year mark.

As far as what you need, well just you and a horse. But you might also want a barrel racing saddle, breastcollar, bridle, and protective sport boots. Obviously a pickup and horse trailer if you plan to haul to the trainer and/or barrel races.

The key to learning to barrel race is to go SLOW and CORRECT. If you try to go faster than you or your horse is ready for, you are going to create horrible bad habits that are difficult to fix. And the good riders out there will spot you a mile away and know that you have no clue as to what you are doing. (Hence why working with a trainer is a must.)

But barrel racing is a lot of fun, and you meet a lot of great people while doing it too.
     
    10-15-2013, 09:26 AM
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Started
I ride completely for fun. Brisco and I's best time in our races has been a 29!! And boy am I proud and so excited for next year! We beat my old record of 30 earlier in the year!

I started out by just watching tips on youtube and then putting them into practice at home.
Run the pattern both ways, to the left and to the right. You want to go the way your horse is best at and the way you can stay on :)
I am right handed and would prefer to go to the right, but I go to the left because that is Brisco's better side and he does his turns better going in that direction.
Make sure to go wide around the barrels, if you start practicing close to the barrels then when you realise that wasn't a good idea after all, it can be very hard to get out of that habit. I should know, but for me it's OK because I'm not serious about this and niether is my horse. Plus, the owner before us gave up on trying to make Brisco a barrel horse because he could never get better than a 20 second because he was so dang slow!! But I like it!

Yes, money yo will need, even if you are doing the little home town races that go on three times a year. That is what I do. We didn't travel to go places because we wanted to see how things went and just practice at home first. But next year I hope to travel to the nearest city to do some small ones there.

You will need jeans and please wear a helmet because there was some pretty bad falls at the last race and I was the only one wearing a helmet.
One gal brok her leg a few months back, and took the cast off earlier than she should have so she could barrel race. Well, her leg is pretty healed up, but that this last race she broke her knee on her OTHER leg. Both times her hrose slipped and fell. Then another girl's horse slipped and they both toppled to the ground, but she was OK.
So jsut be safe and take is slow and easy at first. And don't worry, falls don't usually happen. I have never fallen off Brisco since I started working with him about a year ago, and I didn't fall off golley either.

You can learn to barrel race in a week. You won't know all the techniques are whatever, but you can barrel race. I have never taken a lesson before, ever. Everything was taught from my mom, what I found out myself, or tips and videos online, and also magazines. We aren't the best otu there - but we are better than some! And if I had a faster horse, well then obviously I would make much better timing! Haha!!

But just take as much time as you want with everything.
     
    10-22-2013, 10:30 AM
  #8
Weanling
Slow is definitely good for the first year unless your horse is more experienced of course. If the horse is more experienced you can just work on yourself,body position,balance,etc. I have been riding so long I can teach and train horses and people. However, I'm not an expert barrel racer, some tips I've gotten from here but most of all I hand picked a girl that is qualifying for the NFR to be my trainer. I follow everything she says. Stay consistent by not picking all these different trainers, then you can really screw yourself up and everything goes all mumbo jumbo in your head.
I am now placing in the 4D but it took us a year to get there. I ride with my district in the NBHA and there are lots of other beginners and some just starting new horses so they are taking it slow for the benfit of teaching the horse. No one makes fun of anyone, they actually like when people are going slow on the pattern, because they know, you know what you're doing and you're going to do it right.
Good luck
Everyones advice on here is well and fine, but remember to stick with whatever is working for you, it may be something said on here that only works for that person.
     

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