Warming up Your Barrel Horse

A critical factor in having a good barrel run is ensuring that you are warming up your barrel horse correctly. A barrel horse that is correctly warmed up will be primed and ready to make the best run possible. In contrast, a barrel horse that is not warmed up correctly could, at best, make a poor run, and, at worst, end up injured. As a jockey, it is your responsibility to make sure that you prepare the horse underneath you in the best possible way.

 

While warm up routines will vary from rider to rider and from horse to horse, the fundamentals of what occurs and what the desired outcome is are all the same. If you are looking for a routine for warming up your barrel horse, then you have come to the right place.

2019 Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop

With 2019 nearly here, I thought it would be appropriate to go through the barrel racing goal setting workshop. There is nothing like the new year to set some new goals that will help bring your barrel racing dreams closer to reality. I encourage you to go through this workshop, following each step as instructed. You may be presently surprised next December when you see how many things you have achieved!

Barrel Racing Warm Up Etiquette

A barrel racing warm up can better be called a swirling vortex of death. Crazy horses ridden by even crazier women are forced together in an often small enclosure, working out the quirks and kinks prior to making their runs. To anyone new to the sport it can be horribly intimidating. And, even if you have been around the sport for some time, it can be dangerous.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cutters warm up their horses in a very respectable and controlled manner. Why can’t a barrel racing warm up be the same?

 

If you are a barrel racer, please read on. There is no reason why we can’t emulate the cutting world. If everyone followed the below rules, the barrel racing warm up situation would be much safer and saner!

4 Success Tips for Training the Barrel Pattern

Do you have a horse that you would like to start training the barrel pattern to? I am excited for you! There is nothing like starting a horse from scratch on the pattern to a fully trained barrel horse. There will be ups and downs, don’t get me wrong, but the process can be very rewarding.

 

To help you out in training the barrel pattern, I have compiled a list of four success tips before you get started.

5 Things I Learned from Watching the 2018 NFR Barrel Racing

This year I watched the NFR barrel racing every day without fail. I was entranced by every single run and could hardly contain my excitement each time I watched it. Those girls and horses are beyond talented and I can only hope to be even half as talented as they are some day.

 

As I reflect on the NFR barrel racing this year I couldn’t help but notice that there are some things that I have realized after watching it. Beyond the fact that those horses are incredible and those girls are talented riders, there were some additional realizations that I made this year that I think would be of value to those of you who also take part in the sport.

5 Reasons to Attend a Barrel Racing Clinic

This Christmas I have asked anyone that plans on giving me a gift to just give me cash so that I can attend a barrel racing clinic. I am just getting back into the sport after a four year hiatus and feel like this would be a great way to kick things off in the right direction. Furthermore, even if I wasn’t coming back from a break and had been barrel racing all along, I still feel like it would be beneficial for me to attend a barrel racing clinic.

 

If you have never attended a barrel racing clinic, or have not been to one in a while, I highly encourage you to sign up for one. There are so many great clinicians out there now and they can make an unbelievable impact on your results in the competition arena.

 

Don’t believe me? Consider these five reasons why you should attend a barrel racing clinic.

Tips for the Nervous Barrel Racer

This week I have decided to discuss some tips for the nervous barrel racer. Why? I am a nervous barrel racer myself and thought that, if these tips could be of use to me, then maybe they could help someone else out. Below I have compiled various tips from many barrel racers on how to calm your nerves. These tips have worked for other barrel racers and my hope is that they can help you, too.

The #1 Biggest Stumbling Block to Achieving Your Barrel Racing Dreams

The other day I posted a video on my Facebook page explaining why the goals you have set but have not yet reached are still valid goals. This video came after I had listened to Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind podcast where he interviewed James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. The interview was extremely interesting to me and, in my opinion, very applicable to just about any barrel racer.

Barrel Racing Injury Statistics

I saw a meme the other day that got me thinking about barrel racing injury statistics. Yes, I know our sport is not nearly as dangerous as the other events at your typical rodeo. That being said, there is still risk every time a barrel racer heads down the alleyway. Whether you clip your knee on the alleyway coming in or fall at some point during the run, something can always happen. For today’s post, I thought it would be cool to explore just how dangerous our sport is.

Box Breathing for Nervous Riders

In a recent post I discussed box breathing and how I was going to commit to practicing it twice a day. The purpose of this was to help calm my nerves. As I mentioned in that post, I have a tendency to get a bit anxious in certain situations on my horse. My hope is that practicing box breathing will give me a bit more control over my nerves.

 

I fully expect that many of you do not know what box breathing is. However, if you are an anxious rider, I encourage you to read on. Box breathing can be a great way of not only reducing anxiety but also increasing performance and concentration.