It wasn’t the first time an Old Fort Days Futurity Champion had won both the time trials and the finals. And it wasn’t even the first time a rider east of the Mississippi had taken home the coveted Futurity Championship. But it was the first time any rider had ever earned more than $100,000 at a single barrel race.
In 1996 Barrel Horse News got down to the nitty-gritty of the costs associated with training a barrel horse from the top professionals on the road at the time - many of whom are still on top of the barrel racing scene today.
Managing your equine property is an important aspect of taking care of your equine athlete. When it comes to maintaining your barn or arena, some level of investment will be required. Barrel Horse News has partnered with some of the most trusted names in the industry to bring you highlights, and new equipment designed to make your life a little easier and your equine partner safe and happy. Browse our Barn, Arena and Farm Equipment Guide for tools to help save you time, make better use of your money and protect your property and your horse.
What's new in feeding today's superstar racehorses and the champions of the future? In a sense, nothing and everything. While the basic nutritional needs of these elite equine athletes haven't changed, attention to the form in which their daily ration is provided and the level of specific nutrients in their diets has become far more critical. As faster records are set on the racetrack and expectations for heightened performance increase, so do the demands on the horse's system. More horses are sidelined by injuries caused by fatigue or a skeletal system that is not strong enough to perform its "job."