"Cowgirl Magazine" - Checklist Barrel Racer

"Cowgirl Magazine" - Checklist Barrel Racers

You want the fastest and cleanest ride you can get! As a barrel racer, you need to be on your A game if you plan to beat the competition. This checklist will ensure you develop good riding habits so you can get more out of your horse. There’s nothing worse than having a bad run where your horse hit the barrel, blows off the turn, or pushes too fast too soon. It’s time to avoid bad rides and get winning times!

Good Habit Checklist:

  • Find your center of balance
  • Distribute your weight evenly in the stirrups
  • Learn to sit deeply in the saddle
  • Sit hard when you stop
  • Shoulders up and back
  • Look up and where you are going
  • Avoid yanking your horse’s head and mouth
  • Learn to post the trot
  • No pulling on the reins and kicking at the same time
  • Practice circles
  • Follow your horse’s movement
  • Be ready to get up and go
  • Avoid gripping with your legs, but maintain close contact
  • Prepare yourself mentally
  • Practice frequently

Your position as a barrel racer is extremely important. You want to help your horse, not get in his way. Ask someone to video tape your rides or take pictures. This will give you a chance to see exactly what you’re doing in the saddle. You want your horse reacting to your entire body, not just your legs and hands. Learn to position yourself upright and utilize your seat.