# What is Barrel Horse Racing and Typical Problems Encountered

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

Barrel horse racing has been around for many years now. This is basically a sport event that aims to showcase speed.

The race is pretty straightforward to watch. It is actually played upon an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern where the goal of the racer is always to gain the fastest speed by circling the 3 barrels within 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 regarding how far each barrel needs to 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 applies to all competitors.

The action begins as soon as the racer enters the arena towards the first barrel. On this, the rider must enter with a slight angle since its much easier for the racer if he would not come straight onto it. A whole turn has to be accomplished around the first barrel before moving to the second one.

A second 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 many other horse racing events, horse barrel racing does have its common problems too. We shall help you distinguish some of the most common problems and would try to suggest a couple of things to discover a solution about it. Please keep reading.

The first barrel is generally termed to as the “money barrel”. This makes the most difficult turn because the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Remember that the main purpose of the game is to take it as fast as you possibly can. This is also the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, 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 cash with you.

The challenge though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel on account of lack of rate. Because 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 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 called “barrel sour” or “ring sour”. This is known 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 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 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 as well as its ability to halt.