Originally a sports activity created by rodeos for their wives and girlfriends, barrel horse racing has now turned into a sport event where everyone can join.
Barrel horse racing has been around for many years now. It is basically a game event that aims to display speed.
The race is quite simple to watch. It is played on an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern where the goal of the racer is always to gain the quickest speed by circling the 3 barrels within a cloverleaf pattern. While there may be standards as to the distance of each and every barrel, governing bodies normally have various preferences regarding how far each barrel should be set from one another.
The general distance is 90 feet from each barrel. However, some may use 60 feet up to 100 plus feet. The setting is applicable to all competitors.
The game begins once the racer enters the arena for the first barrel. For this, the rider must enter at a slight angle since its much easier for that racer if he would not come straight on to it. A complete turn has to be accomplished on the first barrel before moving towards the second one.
A second turn, but this time around an opposite one, will need to be made on the second barrel. And again, the rider will need to race towards the third barrel. The 3rd barrel then will need to be circled around in the same direction as the second one. After a complete loop, the rider will need to accelerate to the starting line, and that is considered as the finish line.
Like many other horse racing events, horse barrel racing has its common problems too. We will help you distinguish some of the most common problems and would try to suggest a couple of things to discover a solution on it. Please keep reading.
The first barrel is usually termed to as the “money barrel”. This may cause by far the most difficult turn because the horse has to approach it at full speed. Remember that the main aim of the game is to take it as quickly as you possibly can. This is also probably the most tricky barrel because if you knock it away, you’re certain to be out of the game right away and if you passed over it, you will get the chance to take some money with you.
The challenge though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel due to lack of rate. Because the horse is charging at top speed, it has the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the first barrel off or they may pass over it. This issue is usually resolved through conditioning your horse to do the turn perfectly.
Some horses generally have problems entering the arena. In cases like this, the horse is called “barrel sour” or “ring sour”. This is recognized to have rooted from running too much in the arena or during practice. Sometimes it is resolved through a little time off the track and giving your horse a break from the barrel routines. One ideal way of accomplishing this is to do trail riding.
Some horses are apt to have no breaks whatsoever. In this case, you mustn’t let your horse to run unless control is gained on it. Fix for your problem can start with running at slower gaits until progress is achieved. Run your horse on barrels only once you are confident enough of its speed as well as its capability to halt.