# 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 around for many years now. This is basically a game event that aims to showcase 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 always to gain the fastest speed by circling the three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards as to the distance of each and every 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 use 60 feet up to 100 plus feet. The setting is applicable to all competitors.

The action begins once the racer enters the arena towards the first barrel. On this, the rider must enter with a slight angle since its much simpler 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 second turn, but this time an opposite one, will need to be made around 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 need to accelerate back to the starting line, which is also regarded as the finish line.

Like many other horse racing events, horse barrel racing does have its common problems too. We will help you distinguish some of the most common problems and would attempt to suggest a couple of things to discover a solution about it. Please read on.

The 1st barrel is generally termed to as the “money barrel”. This may cause the most difficult turn since the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Keep in mind that the primary aim of the game should be to take it as quickly as you possibly 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 get the chance to take a little cash 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’s got the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they may either knock the first barrel off or they may 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 cases like this, the horse is called “barrel sour” or “ring sour”. This is known to have rooted from running too much in the arena or during practice. Sometimes it is resolved through taking some time off the track and giving your horse a break from the barrel routines. One ideal way of doing this is usually to do trail riding.

Some horses are apt to have no breaks at all. In such a case, you mustn’t allow 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.