# What is Barrel Horse Racing and Typical Problems Encountered

Originally a sports activity created by rodeos for their wives and girlfriends, barrel horse racing has now become a sport event where everybody 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 upon an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern on which the goal of the racer is to gain the quickest speed by circling the 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards regarding the distance of each barrel, governing bodies normally 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 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 onto it. A complete turn has to be accomplished around the first barrel before moving to 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 need to race towards the third barrel. The 3rd barrel then will need to be circled around in the same direction as the second one. Following a complete loop, the rider will have to accelerate back to the starting line, and that is considered as the finish line.

Like a number of other horse racing events, horse barrel racing has its common problems too. We will help you distinguish many of the most common problems and would try to suggest a few things to find a solution on it. Please keep reading.

The first barrel is generally termed to as being the “money barrel”. This may cause the most difficult turn since the horse has to approach it at full speed. Keep in mind that the main purpose of this game should be to take it as fast as you possibly can. This is also the most tricky barrel because if you knock it away, you’re certain to be out of the game right away and if you passed over it, you will have the chance to take a little cash with you.

The problem though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel due to lack of rate. Because the horse is charging at top speed, it has the tendency for being too aggressive. Thus, they may either knock the first barrel off or they could pass over it. This issue can be resolved through conditioning your horse to perform 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 too much in the arena or during practice. This can be resolved through taking some time off the track and giving your horse a break in the barrel routines. One ideal way of doing this is to do trail riding.

Some horses are apt to have no breaks whatsoever. In this case, you must not allow your horse to run unless control is gained upon it. Solution to this 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 capability to halt.