In barrel racing, not every fast horse is competitive. The barrel horse must speed into the pattern, often with not the best light if indoors, focus on and find that first barrel. To reduce those seconds and fractions of a secondthe professional rider will go for an ideal line through the pattern. The ground may be slippery, falls can happen. In barrel racing as much as in all other disciplines, innate talent is needed for high success as well as good training. The third barrel, the one farthest away from the start, forms the top end of the triangle and is at a 35 yard distance from the other two.
Barrel horses must stay controllable at high speed, responding to the rider's cues, letting the rider guide the horse to approach the barrels in a pocket, not leaning in which would increase the risk of a knock-downbut allowing the rider to guide him around, then accelerate towards the next barrel, only to be checked there again.
228000 - Amateur Barrel Racing
Much training of both horse and rider and much practice is needed. THE SET UP Barrel racing is a discipline sport that does not require many props, other than having a good horse of course, and it is an incredible amount of fun for both amateurs and professionals. Many a beginner asks the horse for speed in barrel racing, and gets what there is, but with the adrenaline of the horse pumping, the rider often fails to control that speed and direct it. The horse is in a full run as he passes the starting line. The barrel horse must speed into the pattern, often with not the best light if indoors, focus on and find that first barrel. Too much racing can sour a good barrel racing horse, practice at home on the control part is essential. The horse must turn tightly around each barrel, and he often gets down in the ground so deep that the rider's inside boot comes close to scraping the ground.