Barrel racing can be summed up as ‘the horse race with all the turns.’ The enemy is time as a cowgirl brings her horse into the arena and across the starting line. The goal is to run around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern without tipping them over and back to the starting line. The clock starts when she and her horse cross the starting line and ends when they come back across. It’s okay to tip a barrel, but if they knock it over a five-second penalty is added to the time. It’s a demanding sport for both rider and mount but exciting to watch and in which to participate.
The event has no judge but the clock.
There’s no subjective points of view, just time on the board to decide winners and losers. At its core it may seem simple; one woman, one horse and three barrels to race against a stopwatch but pressure is ever-present. You can’t hesitate around the barrels, your horse can’t misjudge a stride, you have to ride quickly and ride to win.
Countless hours go into the partnership between human and horse as both hone their skill. Unfortunately, a hefty price tag also comes with participating in the sport. A rider has to purchase and maintain the horse they train and ride. A proven barrel racer can cost more than a the truck that pulls the trailer to their events. A good horse can cost upwards of fifty thousand dollars! Professional barrel riders, however, consider it well worth the price.
Staminia is required for both Cowgirl & Barrel Racing Horse
A barrel racing steed has to be fast on their feet in both speed and dexterity, but they also have to be intelligent. The horse needs to know that if they knock that barrel over it could cost their partner the win. The horse also must have a great deal of stamina, not only to endure the high demand races but to tolerate the long roads between the rodeos as their cowgirl travels the circuit. If the horse is all these things, it’s more and more likely they can stop the clock faster than the horse in the stall beside them.
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