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Barrel Racing - Part Two: Training your horse
You must have a large enough area to set up your barrels, though it does not need to be regulation size for training. Dirt is a much better surface because grass can get slippery, which is a danger for horse and rider. Putting large tractor tires around the barrels is a good idea.
Barrel Racing - Part One
Originally, barrel racing was invented for women so they could compete with each other in a fair, yet challenging event. The 55 gallon Texas oil drums were used in a cloverleaf pattern with two left-turns and one right. With roping horses the ladies would see who could get through the course with the fastest time.
The Quarter Horse The number one horse breed from around the world is the Quarter Horse. There are over 3 million of these horses that are registered, according to The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). It is thought this breed became popular when the colonists brought their racehorses into the west. One of the most-loved sports during the early years of the United States were the one-quarter mile races, usually run through the streets of the local town or along the country lanes and paths. The race was called "Quarter Pathers."