the horse I am going to be using, I'm not sure if he is a trained barrel racer or not. If he's not, oh well him and I can both learn together!
I just wanted to put a little disclaimer out there on this. While sometimes it can work out, it usually is only nice "fluffy" happy wishful thinking that "we can learn barrels together!!". It is so
much easier for a rider to learn barrel racing by using an older, trained horse that is seasoned and knows their job. There is so much going through your mind during a run (or even practicing at slow paces) that it is much eaiser to learn if you only have to worry about yourself, and not also the horse.
I'm not saying it will not work, but it is a much
better idea to start to learn to barrel race on the finished barrel horse suitable for a beginner.
What would you suggest for a barrel? Obviously not something in metal. :) Do you use certain plastic ones?
I personally have plastic ones, but I do agree that you will run into metal ones at a lot of barrel races and rodeos. Yea, it hurts if you hit one, but bruises heal and makes you that much more motivated not to hit one!
My plastic barrels are out in the middle of a summerfallow field, where they can blow away.
So we put a little bit of water into them to make them bottom heavy so they don't blow away in the wind.
And I need to get some show clothing! I have English riding clothing but no western. Time for shopping!! :)
There's nothing specific you have to wear except boots, long sleeve shirt, jeans, and either a helmet or cowboy hat. Check with the association or show you will be running at to see if they have attire requirements.