Pursuing Barrel Racing!

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    01-26-2010, 11:11 PM
Green Broke
Pursuing Barrel Racing!

I am so excited to be finally in a direction of a sport. I am working with a trainer to get me up to par to compete in barrels. I am so excited! There is so much I need to work on, but I suppose I can't expect it all to come together in 2 lessons . Anyone have any tips/suggestions, things to remember or watch out for? I am a tall girl and I know that can work against me, and at the moment I have octopus arms lol, I need to control 'em. Anywho, I'm stoked!
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    01-26-2010, 11:18 PM
That's awesome. Are you going to be doing it with Thunder or do you have a maybe.......faster........horse to work with? LOL. I love stangs but they aren't exactly the most fleet of foot.
    01-26-2010, 11:36 PM
Green Broke
Right now I am working with a reigning finished QH, just working on my position and learning the skills, then we will be moving on to finishing a QH/TB gelding that's fast like nascar ;)
    01-26-2010, 11:40 PM
That's great. I don't have any tips cause I don't run barrels but I wish you luck. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be successful.
    01-26-2010, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
Thanks! I am just excited to have a goal. Riding western and learning reigning is so completely different than the dressage lessons I had last year! I have to change my habits from them! Hehe
    01-27-2010, 01:29 AM
Green Broke
I'm 5'5" tall and I was just practicing today.
Right now I'm working on figure eights and turning around the trash cans I set up(don't have barrels so I made do!).
I was able to keep my arms down and not bounce as much.
I plan on doing barrels,key hole,and poles eventually.

I'm excited as well!

Good Luck.
You'll do a good job. Just make sure you keep positive.
    01-27-2010, 01:34 AM
Green Broke
I'm 5'9"!! Not working in my favor, but I need to learn to work my core and utilize it as opposed to having it work against me. We worked on hand position, leg cues, and transitioning before the turns today.

Good luck to you as well!
    01-27-2010, 01:43 AM
Good luck. I'm 5'3", so I have that for me, but I'm going from gaited to QHs doing barrels...lol. It is an interesting learning curve.
    01-27-2010, 02:40 AM
Green Broke
Boy I can imagine!!
    01-27-2010, 10:55 AM
Awesome! Have fun with your training.

If you need any help feel free to ask. I've been running for many years now :)

The biggest tip I can give you is don't be all up in your horses mouth. Give him his head and make sure you sit down around the turns and use your legs to make him curve around the barrel as you're turning, but not so much that you slide out too far. If you slide out around every barrel I'll be able to walk faster than you.

It's great that you're going after this. Its a great sport for us cowgirls :)

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