# What is Barrel Horse Racing and Common Problems Experienced

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

Barrel horse racing has been in existence for many years now. It is basically a sport event that aims to display speed.

The race is quite straightforward to watch. It is actually played upon 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 within a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards regarding 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 general 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 as soon as the racer enters the arena towards 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 onto it. A complete turn has to be accomplished around the first barrel before moving towards the second one.

A 2nd 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 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 have to accelerate to the starting line, which is also considered 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 attempt to advise a couple of things to find a solution on it. Please keep reading.

The 1st barrel is generally termed to as being 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 main aim of the game is to take it as fast as you can. This really is the most tricky barrel because if you knock it away, you’re certain to be out of the game in no time and if you passed over it, you will get the chance to take a little 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’s got the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the first barrel off or they could pass over it. This issue is usually 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 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 rest from the barrel routines. One ideal way 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 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.