Originally a sports activity 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 quite a while now. It is basically a sport event that aims to showcase 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 intention of the racer is always to gain the quickest speed by circling the 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards as to the distance of each barrel, governing bodies as a rule have various preferences on how far each barrel should 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 the racer if he would not come straight on to it. A complete turn has to be accomplished around the first barrel before moving towards the second one.
A 2nd turn, but this time an opposite one, will need to be made on 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. Following a complete loop, the rider will need to accelerate to the starting line, and that is regarded as the finish line.
Like a number of other horse racing events, horse barrel racing does have its common problems too. We shall help you distinguish many of the most common problems and would try to advise a few things to find a solution about it. Please keep reading.
The first barrel is usually termed to as the “money barrel”. This makes the most difficult turn because the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Remember that the primary purpose of the game is to take it as fast as you possibly can. This really is probably the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, you are sure to be out from the game in no time and if you passed over it, you will have the opportunity to take a little money with you.
The problem though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel on account of not enough rate. Because the horse is charging at top speed, it has the tendency to become too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the 1st barrel off or they may pass over it. This issue can be resolved through conditioning your horse to do the turn perfectly.
Some horses generally 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 in the barrel routines. One ideal method of doing this is to do trail riding.
Some horses tend to have no breaks whatsoever. In this case, you mustn’t let your horse to run unless control is gained upon 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 and its ability to halt.