# 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 everyone 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 on an arena with three barrels arranged in an isosceles triangle pattern where the intention of the racer is always to gain the quickest speed by circling the three barrels within a cloverleaf pattern. While there could be standards as to the distance of each barrel, governing bodies normally have various preferences on 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 game begins as soon as the racer enters the arena towards the first barrel. On this, the rider must enter at a slight angle since its much simpler for the racer if he would not come straight on to it. A whole turn must be accomplished on the first barrel before moving towards the second one.

A 2nd turn, but this time an opposite one, will need to be made around the second barrel. And again, the rider will have to race towards the third barrel. The 3rd barrel then will need to be circled around in the same direction as the second one. After a complete loop, the rider will have to accelerate back to the starting line, and that is regarded 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 advise a few things to find a solution about it. Please read on.

The first barrel is generally termed to as the “money barrel”. This may cause the most difficult turn because the horse has got to approach it at full speed. Keep in mind that the main purpose of the game is to take it as quickly as you possibly can. This is also the most tricky barrel because if you knock it off, you are sure to be out of the game right away and if you passed over it, you will get the chance to take a little money with you.

The challenge though comes with the horse that normally passes over this barrel on account of not enough rate. Because the horse is charging at top speed, it’s got the tendency to become too aggressive. Thus, they will often either knock the first barrel off or they could pass over it. This problem is usually resolved through conditioning your horse to do the turn perfectly.

Some horses often have problems entering the arena. In cases like this, 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. Sometimes it is resolved through a little time off the track and giving your horse a break from the barrel routines. One ideal method of accomplishing this is usually to do trail riding.

Some horses are apt to have no breaks at all. In such a case, you must not allow your horse to run unless control is gained on it. Fix for your problem can start with running at slower gaits until progress is achieved. Run your horse on barrels only when you happen to be confident enough of its speed and its capability to halt.