#016 Horse Fundamentals For Barrel Racing

There are certain fundamentals for barrel racing that a horse needs to be proficient in before they are ever introduced to the pattern. Many horses, unfortunately, are not given that basic training before they are put into barrel racing training. As such, the process becomes much more difficult and the horse may never live up to its potential. Fundamentals are key. They are like the ABCs. You need to learn the alphabet before you can learn how to read and write. Teach your horse the ABCs and, not only will teaching the barrel pattern be a breeze, but you will also have a horse that will maintain a good pattern long term.

This week on the podcast, Katrina goes through the things that your horse absolutely needs to know before being introduced to the pattern. If you are starting one, be sure that you have all of these checked off your list.

Have a horse that is already patterned but are having issues? Go back and review this list of fundamentals to ensure that there are no holes in your training.

#012 Imposter Syndrome In Barrel Racing (And In Life)

Do you have imposter syndrome? Have you ever felt like you don’t belong somewhere? Have you every worried that you aren’t supposed to be somewhere and that you are going to get called out at any moment? If so, you aren’t alone and this is what is known as imposter syndrome. Whether you feel like this in regards to barrel racing, training young horses or in any other area of your life, there is a way to move past it. This week Katrina talks about her struggle with imposter syndrome when it comes to competing in barrel racing. She shares her experience and talks about how you can overcome imposter syndrome if that is something that you are dealing with, too.

#009 Tips On Going To Your First Barrel Race

In this week’s episode, Katrina gives some tips on going to your first barrel race. Where should you enter? How should you warm up? Get all of your newbie barrel racer questions answered here!

In addition to first barrel race tips, Katrina also gives a pro rodeo update. The regular 2019 professional rodeo season is now in the books! Who is heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Canadian Finals Rodeo? Katrina lists off the lucky girls in this week’s episode. Are your favorite barrel racers going to have a chance to win a gold buckle? Listen to this episode to find out.

#007 Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop

It may not be January 1st but October 1st works just as well for setting goals and taking part in a barrel racing goal setting workshop. Listen to this episode for step by step instructions on setting goals for your barrel racing. After going through this workshop and following each step you will increase your odds of achieving your barrel racing goals by over 50%. Yes, 50%! Get a pen and paper and press play.

A Brand New Barrel Racing Podcast

Looking for a barrel racing podcast to listen to while you are riding or on a long drive between rodeos?

Want to learn more about the sport of barrel racing and horses in general?

Curious about the life of an amateur barrel racer?

If so, then I have the barrel racing podcast for you! Introducing A Cowgirl and her Horse, the podcast! Yep, you read that right. A Cowgirl and her Horse has now moved into the podcast world with a brand new podcast all about barrel racing, horses and the life of an amateur barrel racer.

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.

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.