Stirrups for Barrel Racing

Every time my husband sees me ride he asks me about the way I ride my stirrups for barrel racing. Growing up, he was taught that you are supposed to ride on the balls of feet with heels down. And, yes, while this is good practice, it is not necessarily the way to ride when making a run. Not sure how you long your stirrups for barrel racing should be, or where your feet should be in the stirrups? Read on to learn all about it.

Two Barrel Drill

I have found that the best drill to work on flying lead changes on the barrels is a two barrel drill. Whether you have a new horse that you are trying to pattern or a seasoned one that needs to be sharpened up, this two barrel drill that I am about to describe is great.

Stepping Up From a Snaffle Bit

With a young horse you will eventually reach a point where you want to start stepping up from a snaffle bit. The horse is working great in the snaffle but you want to amp up their training to the next level. And, oftentimes, this requires a bit more lift and control than what a snaffle bit can provide. Is this where you are right now? Or maybe you are just curious of what comes after a snaffle. Either way, read on to find out what bits are great for stepping up from a snaffle bit.

The Ultimate Turquoise Tack Round Up

In recent years, turquoise tack has become quite fashionable in the barrel racing world. From breast collars and headstalls to polo wraps and spur straps, you can get juts about everything in turquoise tack these days. Looking to add some turquoise to your tack collection? You’ve come to the right place. Below is the ultimate list of everything you could want in turquoise. Happy shopping!

6 Skills for Barrel Racing

Before you ever go to the barrel pattern, there are certain skills that both you and your horse should have mastered. If you do not have these skills for barrel racing, you will likely run into several issues when the barrel pattern is introduced. While mastering these skills for barrel racing may take some time, it will be worth it in the end when you end up with a winning pattern.

Barrel Racing Reins

Barrel racing is very different from many other horse sports and, because of this, barrel racing reins are different, too. Not only are they different in length but they are also often different in what they are made of. In order to have a successful barrel run, you need to make sure that you have your reins set up correctly.

Cleaning A Saddle Pad

I have a confession. It has been a very, very long time since I have taken the time to clean my saddle pad. A long time. Don’t be like me. Keep your saddle pad clean. Not sure how to go about cleaning a saddle pad? Learn all about it here.

Habits of Successful Barrel Racers

In any industry, there are usually common habits that all successful people in that industry uphold. Tim Ferriss has certainly found this to be true. Tim is a popular podcast host and the author of the well-known book, The Four-Hour Workweek. Through his podcast, Tim has interviewed some of the most influential people on the planet, including Ray Dalio, Tony Robbins, and Sir Richard Branson. After so many interviews, he has learned that there are always habits that can directly be attributed to a person’s success.


Tim Ferriss has not interviewed any barrel racers on his podcast. However, you can guarantee that there are habits that many of the successful barrel racers out there have that are responsible for that success. Whether it be Sherry Cervi or Lisa Lockhart, you can bet that all of those talented women have habits that have gotten them where they are today.

Does Your Horse Need a Companion Horse?

If you are wondering if you should be getting a companion horse, then consider this. Horses, by nature, are herd animals. They feel safer with other horses. It is just part of their natural instincts. They are meant to be in a herd, complete with leaders and followers. They know that this is the best way to ensure their survival, protecting themselves from predators. If we force them to live in solitude, do not be surprised to run into various issues.

Horse First Aid Kit

Whether you like it or not, at some point your horse is going to get hurt and you will need a horse first aid kit. You can do everything to avoid it but it is inevitable. Just like a kid is bound to get a scraped up knee when you least expect it, there is going to be a time when you walk out to the barn and see something that needs to be doctored.

Even if you cannot completely help your horse on your own, it is good to have a horse first aid kit on hand so that you can do what you can to fix it. This way, you can hopefully lessen the problem until a vet is able to come and fully address it.

So what should you include in your horse first aid kit? Read on to find out.