Originally a sports activity created 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. It is basically a game 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 on which the intention of the racer is always to gain the fastest speed by circling the three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. While there may be standards as to the distance of each and every barrel, governing bodies as a rule have various preferences on 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 applies 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 around the first barrel before moving to the second one.
A 2nd 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 towards the third barrel. The third 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 shall help you distinguish some of the most common problems and would attempt to suggest a few things to find a solution on it. Please read on.
The first barrel is usually termed to as the “money barrel”. This makes the most difficult turn since the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Remember that the main aim of the game should be to take it as fast as you can. This is also probably the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, you are sure to be out of the game in no time and if you passed over it, you will get the chance to take some money with you.
The problem though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel due to not enough rate. Since the horse is charging at top speed, it has the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the 1st barrel off or they could pass over it. This problem is usually resolved through conditioning your horse to perform the turn perfectly.
Some horses often have problems entering the arena. In this case, the horse is referred to as “barrel sour” or “ring sour”. This is recognized to have rooted from running a lot in the arena or during practice. Sometimes it is resolved through taking some time off the track and giving your horse a rest from the barrel routines. One ideal way of doing this is usually to do trail riding.
Some horses tend to have no breaks at all. In such a case, you mustn’t let your horse to run unless control is gained on it. Solution to this problem can start with running at slower gaits until progress is achieved. Run your horse on barrels only when you are confident enough of its speed and its ability to halt.