# What is Barrel Horse Racing and Common Problems Experienced

Originally a sport developed by rodeos for their wives and girlfriends, barrel horse racing has now turned into a sport event where everyone can join.

Barrel horse racing has been in existence for quite a while now. This is basically a game event that aims to showcase speed.

The race is quite straightforward to watch. It is actually played upon an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern on which the intention of the racer is to gain the fastest speed by circling the 3 barrels within a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards regarding the distance of each and every barrel, governing bodies as a rule have various preferences regarding how far each barrel should be set from one another.

The general 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 game begins once the racer enters the arena towards the first barrel. For this, the rider must enter with a slight angle since its much easier for that racer if he would not come straight on to it. A complete turn must be accomplished on the first barrel before moving towards 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 towards 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 need to accelerate back 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 try to advise a few things to find a solution on it. Please read on.

The first barrel is usually termed to as being the “money barrel”. This may cause the most difficult turn since the horse has to approach it at full speed. Remember that the main purpose of the game is to take it as fast as you can. This really is the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, you’re certain to be out from the game in no time and if you passed over it, you will have the chance to take some money 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 has the tendency to become too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the first barrel off or they could pass over it. This problem can be resolved through conditioning your horse to perform the turn perfectly.

Some horses generally have problems entering the arena. In cases like this, 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 taking some time off the track and giving your horse a break in the barrel routines. One ideal method of accomplishing this is to do trail riding.

Some horses are apt to have no breaks whatsoever. In this case, you mustn’t let your horse to run unless control is gained on it. Fix for your problem can start 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.