Condition for Barrel Racing

By Karen Allott

Barrel racing is fast and furious with speed, agility, twists and sharp turns as you move through the cloverleaf. Due to the nature of barrel racing, the horse faces many challenges. Five key areas in which a horse can be strengthened and prepared for barrel racing to help give a successful race are:


Stamina. The horse must be fit to sprint away from the start line, and sprint to complete the arc from barrel to barrel

Balance. Essential for when they edge around the barrel to achieve the perfect arc beat the clock 

Flexible. The horse must be able to bend in both directions fluidly and quickly 

Strenght. The horse must have the muscle to take the weight shift through the body when going from speed to almost an instant stop 

Mental. The horse must be physically and mentally prepared. 

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