Archives for Advice from Around the Barrel

Let’s Talk Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is lacking in equestrian sports these days. Everyone wants to win but no one want to put in the work, take the losses and be happy for others. We don’t cheer each other on, high-fives are lacking and smiles at each other are almost completely non-existent.
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Arena Etiquette

One of my biggest pet peeves is people riding every different direction in the warmup pen. I have ridden in many warm-up pens of various disciplines in the western world, from cutting and reining to barrel racing and gymkhana and it seems to be all the same. Everyone is riding in whichever direction they please. This is dangerous and I have seen some bad wrecks because of it. Fortunately, not at the gymkhanas, but we need to teach our kids proper arena etiquette and that starts with us as adults. If you enter the arena and other riders are already
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Show Prep — How to Prep for My First

As my first gymkhana approached, I reorganized my horse trailer and made sure I had everything I needed to make my first show in a year and half, fun successful and as stress free as possible. I put the word out on Facebook asking my friends how they prep and I got some pretty cool answers...
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Saddle Shopping

I have the opportunity to purchase a new barrel saddle. There are so many options out there and I am pretty sure way more option than when I purchased my current Billy Cook Barrel Saddle 10 years ago from Boot Barn. I purchased this saddle that long ago without really knowing much about saddle fit other than my butt needed to fit in it and it shouldn’t roll on my horse. Other than that I wasn’t educated enough about gullet size and bars :: semi QH vs Full QH, etc. I was looking for a saddle that was functional, fit
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Abscesses

Knowing the history of this horse, she has an abscess putting pressure on her heel causing her to stand on her tippy-toe. It’s that time of year again. The winter months are upon us and tend to bring wet, cold weather, which in turn bring muddy and then frozen ground. As a result our horses can suffer from the constant change in ground conditions leading to a greater risk of the nasty thing we refer to as abscesses. There are several ways to pinpoint and treat an abscess. The first requires calling your farrier to see if he/she can locate the
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Your Competition!

Barrel racing isn't just about going out there and winning, beating the girl on the expensive horse, or racing against the one who always wins the 1D. It is about bettering your run each and every time you step foot into the saddle and your horse runs through that gate.
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