Originally a sport created by rodeos for their wives and girlfriends, barrel horse racing has now become a sport event where everybody can join.
Barrel horse racing has been around for quite a while now. It is basically a game event that aims to display speed.
The race is quite simple to watch. It is actually played on an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern on which the intention of the racer is to gain the quickest speed by circling the three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. While there may be standards regarding the distance of each barrel, governing bodies as a rule have various preferences regarding how far each barrel needs to 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 applies to all competitors.
The game 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 that racer if he would not come straight on to it. A whole turn must 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 on the second barrel. And again, the rider will need to race for 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 have to accelerate to the starting line, which is also 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 advise a few things to find a solution about it. Please keep reading.
The 1st barrel is generally 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. Remember that the main purpose of the game should be to take it as quickly as you possibly can. This is also probably the most tricky barrel because if you knock it away, you are sure to be out of the game in no time and if you passed over it, you will have the chance to take some cash with you.
The challenge though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel on account of lack of rate. Since the horse is charging at top speed, it has the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they may either knock the first barrel off or they could pass over it. This problem can be resolved through conditioning your horse to do the turn perfectly.
Some horses often have problems entering the arena. In this case, 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. This can be resolved through taking some time off the track and giving your horse a rest in the barrel routines. One ideal method of accomplishing this is usually to do trail riding.
Some horses are apt to have no breaks whatsoever. In such a case, you mustn’t allow 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 once you are confident enough of its speed as well as its capability to halt.