Honestly, if you have no experience in barrel racing, the best thing to do is to get yourself a good accomplished trainer to help.
absolutely agree. If a trainer is out of the question, I recomend Dena Kirkpatricks DVDs or Sheri Cervis :)
Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy View Post
Well I have a horse I started my self. He's doing really good. He loves the barrels. But for you, you need to learn some things about barrel racing. Look on the internet and learn on it until your horse has been trained. Then you can start off slow and easy. You don't always need a trainer.
Um...no...dont look on the internet.
You can ask for help, but alot of people don't know what theyre doing.
Jerbear i'm in the same problem as you. Lucky for me though I know people who have barrels set up and just let me play around on their stuff. And the local rodeo will leave stuff from previous events up and you can go practice there. Like they'll leave the poles up from pole bending or the barrels up.
i think the most important thing is not to ever do alot of loping when training for barrels. And mix it up. You don't want her to become hot. Just work the barrels at a walk and trot.
That is irrelevant to a horse becoming hot, if you lope or not.
When starting a horse, PROPER consistent repetition is key at a walk, trot and finally lope.
If you have trouble at any gait knock it back down a speed.
The most important thing though, is making sure your horse has a good foundation BEFORE you put her on barrels. Be able to pivot, engage/disengage hinquarters, shoulder/ribcage control...lead changes...collection...stopping etc.
Im excited for you!!! :)
Barrel racing is addictive Lol.