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Vidaloco 11-17-2007 04:36 AM

Barrel Racing
I have a question for some of you barrel racers. I've never done it, the closest I've come is running between the trees up the drive more like pole bending :wink: Anyhoo, do you have to hang on to the horn, is it a safety thing or is it part of the rules? Everyone I have ever seen run barrels hangs on to the horn and I noticed barrel racing saddles have a high thin horn, for hanging onto?

4Cpaints 11-17-2007 08:52 AM

No, You don't have to hang on to the horn..I have seen alot of people doing this but it is not required.The reason for the high horn you see is on barrel saddles the tree must be higher to help hold you in the saddle when making the turns..Hope this helps and I'm sure there are more knowledgeable people out there..

crackrider 11-23-2007 07:48 AM

I think they just mainly hang onto the horn to help stay balanced and 'close' to the horse when making such tight turns and high speed.
I've done a bit of barrel racing in an Australian stock saddle and they don't have a horn to hang onto! I can see why they'd want to though! lol

Vidaloco 11-23-2007 07:52 AM

I can see why now too, since I fell off at high speed in a tight turn :oops:
I thought it might be part of the rules though.

fordchic2011 12-07-2007 07:11 PM

well I barrel race and most shows i go to people do hang on to the horn including me cuz it seems to help riders not lean in with the barrel and preventing from dropping the shoulder, and probably just to hang on also, although i dont really know the real answer that's just what i thought

Vidaloco 12-08-2007 02:05 AM

Great photo fordchic :!: Thanks for the reply nice to see you wearing a helmet, so many I see barrel racing don't wear one. If there was a rule I would think helmit wearing should be one.

jazzyrider 12-11-2007 08:49 PM

you think its hard staying on while holding the pommel?? the one and only time i did barrels i did it in an all purpose saddle :? huuuuuuge mistake lol i still remember the pain hehehe

buckaroo2010 12-14-2007 09:43 PM

When I barrel Race i rarely hold on to my horn and when i go idj what it is but it messes me up when i turn around the barrel i guess im just gettin off balance and it makes my horse off balance :cry:

BluMagic 12-14-2007 11:39 PM

Ya, if I hold the horn while going around a barrel the horse is thrown off blalance or even I am. Plus, I think it makes you and the horse feel too tense.

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