Good footing is crucial, but achieving a safe, fast surface for barrel competitions can be a challenge. Learn the nitty-gritty basics here.
I’d been flirting with the idea for several months, but with relatively no thought of actually following through with purchasing a new horse. Fast-forward seven months and here I am with a beautiful palomino filly. The only problem is, well she’s 2 and let’s be honest I have no business with a 2-year-old.
One of the most important things we can do to prevent sports-related injuries in our horses is to keep them properly conditioned. For barrel racing, that’s conditioned for four sprints and three turns in varying ground conditions. While long trotting or even loping around the pasture is great for overall physical and mental conditioning, it doesn’t prepare a barrel horse’s muscles and soft tissue for the demands of the sport.
Dr. Kathy Korell-Rach explains how to avoid hitting barrels by channeling positive thoughts to become a mentally stronger competitor and successfully conquer your weaknesses.