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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2013, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel Racing For Beginners-- Yes or No?

Hello all,

New to this forum and pretty new to the horse world. I am, what most would consider, a beginner/intermediate to horses and riding. I am very comfortable around them , and have recently starting helping out at a local stable with Tennessee Walkers. I also have some ranch experience with quarter horses. My question is: am I too old to learn how to barrel race and/or is this something that is way too advanced for me to learn how to do [ I am 26, good health]? What would be some appropriate steps to get to the level it would to take to do some barrel racing? Any advice is welcome and appreciated!
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-07-2013, 09:47 AM
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Hello all,

New to this forum and pretty new to the horse world. I am, what most would consider, a beginner/intermediate to horses and riding. I am very comfortable around them , and have recently starting helping out at a local stable with Tennessee Walkers. I also have some ranch experience with quarter horses. My question is: am I too old to learn how to barrel race and/or is this something that is way too advanced for me to learn how to do [ I am 26, good health]? What would be some appropriate steps to get to the level it would to take to do some barrel racing? Any advice is welcome and appreciated!
Your never to old to learn to barrel race! You can start at any age and go on to do great things as well.

The best thing is to go find somebody who is experience to give you lessons, also find a older finished barrel horse that can teach you the ropes of all of it. To many beginners get these young horses and try to teach them the pattern themselves...it ends up a mess and both horse and rider end up confused and frustrated. So find a good older horse who is a beginners barrel horse to go out and learn on, and most of all have fun with it while your learning about it.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-07-2013, 11:16 AM
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No you absolutely are not.

Find a good barrel racing trainer and a beginner friendly been there done that barrel horse to show you and learn on. I am one of those who never had a perfectly trained barrel horse to learn on and it was he'll the entire time. I loved it and still do but constantly trying to learn as you teach your horse is the most frustrating thing on the world. You don need the next world qualifier but a good 4D seasoned barrel horse who is beginner safe will be your best bet along with a barrel trainer.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-07-2013, 07:11 PM
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You're not too old and I don't think it's something that is too hard for an intermediate rider to start learning.

As others have said, find someone who can teach it with a good horse to learn on.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 02:48 PM
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I agree with the others. You are definitely not too old :).
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 07:50 PM
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I'm in my 50's and still enjoy running barrels. My days of hauling 2 horses hither and yon are way behind me and I no longer compete but it's so hard to give up the thrill of good teamwork! It's very addicting!!
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 09:09 PM
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Like everyone else said your never to old to learn! I'm 16 and just started back in April with my green broke horse. I know someone else said (and it's probably best) to start with an older horse who knows what there doing but it really made me appreciate and love my horse that much more being able to learn with her. You should look around and see if theres any playdays in your area, that's how I got started.. also see if you can find any good barrel instructors or someone who's been doing it awhile to help you out. Good luck!!

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-08-2013, 09:29 PM
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My mom has been running barrels and other speed events since she was 36. She turns 46 here in a few days and every season she does improve. Will she ever make it to NBHA World? No, she ddoesn't have that desire, but she does place well and has a great time doing it.

Your never too old and it is very addicting.

The best way to get involved is find someone that already knows what they are doing, and is well respected. Check out horse shows and talk to people so you can find a good instructor to help you!
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-18-2013, 01:00 PM
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Hi - I am new and loving the posts . I am 43 and just loved barrel racing a few years back . A good horse , a good trainer - What alot of fun
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-18-2013, 01:39 PM
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Read this espnW -- Barrel racer Mary Walker overcomes tragedy, trauma and realize that you can do anything you set your heart on
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