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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2020, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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this is kind of an embarrassing question but im curious about the appropriate weight for running barrels... ive recently been starting my horse in both poles and barrels and ive recently been told that i am too heavy in order to get a winning time. my horse is 14.2, and i weigh 168 but am relatively lean. im just wondering if this is true and ill face potential problems. pics for reference which probably arent very helpful due to baggy clothes lol


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post #2 of 6 Old 05-10-2020, 07:06 PM
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I think if you're a good rider and have good balance, your weight shouldn't be an issue. From pictures you look fine.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-10-2020, 07:28 PM
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Don't listen to them. You'll be fine. 168 is not that heavy -- as @rambo99 says, it's more important for you to be a skilled rider with good balance than the number on the scale.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-10-2020, 10:29 PM
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If you can beat them in the turns you will win a lot of barrel races.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-14-2020, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by pheobe111 View Post
ive recently been told that i am too heavy in order to get a winning time.

Weight is only one factor. Physical fitness is another.

Brenda Mays comes to mind as she used to be heavier and she went to the NFR. She's since lost weight but it goes to show you can be on the heavier side and still win.

HOWEVER.... think of barrel racing as a sport. You expect your horse to be in good shape, at a good weight. Why not the rider? Physical exercise is just as important for the rider, as it is for the horse. If you want to be able to keep up with your horse and win a barrel race, then you have to be in as good of shape as your horse. Don't worry so much about the number on the scale, as on the level of your physical fitness.

So it really boils down to what you want and what your goals are.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-14-2020, 07:40 PM
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You look fine!

And think of the men who run barrels. There aren't a lot of men out there, generally, who weigh less than 168, and many ride horses that small. I doubt they hear anything about being too heavy. Just do your thing!
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