Originally a sport developed by rodeos for their wives and girlfriends, barrel horse racing has now become a sport event where everyone can join.
Barrel horse racing has been in existence for many years now. This is basically a sport event that aims to showcase speed.
The race is quite simple to watch. It is played upon an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern where the intention of the racer is 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 needs to be set from one another.
The typical distance is 90 feet from each barrel. However, some may also use 60 feet up to 100 plus feet. The setting is applicable to all competitors.
The action begins once the racer enters the arena for the first barrel. On this, the rider must enter with a slight angle since its much simpler for the racer if he would not come straight on to it. A whole turn has to be accomplished on the first barrel before moving to the second one.
A second turn, but this time around an opposite one, will need to be made around the second barrel. And again, the rider will have to race for the third barrel. The third barrel then will need to be circled around in the same direction as the second one. Following a complete loop, the rider will need to accelerate to the starting line, which is also considered as the finish line.
Like many other horse racing events, horse barrel racing does have its common problems too. We shall help you distinguish some of the most common problems and would attempt to suggest a couple of things to find a solution about it. Please keep reading.
The 1st barrel is usually termed to as the “money barrel”. This makes by far the most difficult turn because the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Keep in mind that the main aim of the game is to take it as quickly as you possibly can. This is also the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, you are sure to be out from the game right away and if you passed over it, you will have the chance to take a little cash with you.
The problem though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel on account of not enough rate. Since the horse is charging at top speed, it’s got the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they may either knock the 1st barrel off or they could pass over it. This issue can be resolved through conditioning your horse to perform the turn perfectly.
Some horses generally have problems entering the arena. In this case, the horse is called “barrel sour” or “ring sour”. This is known to have rooted from running a lot in the arena or during practice. Sometimes it is resolved through a little time off the track and giving your horse a rest in the barrel routines. One ideal method of doing this is to do trail riding.
Some horses tend to have no breaks whatsoever. In such a case, you mustn’t allow your horse to run unless control is gained on it. Fix for your problem can begin with running at slower gaits until progress is achieved. Run your horse on barrels only when you happen to be confident enough of its speed and its ability to halt.