Barrel Racing for the Fun of It

Written by Bill Dunigan



Here is a sport for everyone. This activity offers to its enthusiastsrepparttar relaxation ofrepparttar 138080 outdoors coupled withrepparttar 138081 excitement of speed andrepparttar 138082 unparallel connection with an animal many times larger, stronger, and faster thanrepparttar 138083 individual mounted on top. The only judge involved isrepparttar 138084 clock. You wont find any style preferences, attitude, or subjective opinions here. Either you haverepparttar 138085 fastest time or you don't.

Barrel racing has been around for years. It has been a game event in numerous competitions for decades where men, women, and children have enjoyed displaying their expertise at top speed for all to see. Most oftenrepparttar 138086 first exposure to it comes from watchingrepparttar 138087 Rodeos. The cowboys introduced barrel racing into their list of events so their wives and girlfriends would have something to compete in atrepparttar 138088 Rodeos. However, throughoutrepparttar 138089 rest ofrepparttar 138090 world it is open to and participated in by all.

The race is relatively simple at first glance. It consists of three barrels placed at specified distances in an arena in a triangular pattern, referred to as a cloverleaf pattern. Different associations have their own recommended distances. A general guideline would be ninety feet fromrepparttar 138091 first to second barrel and ninety feet torepparttar 138092 third. These distances vary anywhere from sixty to one hundred and five feet. However, once set, it remainsrepparttar 138093 same for all competitors in that race. The competitor entersrepparttar 138094 arena at one end and proceeds at top speed aroundrepparttar 138095 first barrel and then proceeds acrossrepparttar 138096 arena torepparttar 138097 second, which must be turned inrepparttar 138098 opposite direction fromrepparttar 138099 first. Next they proceed downrepparttar 138100 arena torepparttar 138101 third barrel, which must be turned inrepparttar 138102 same direction asrepparttar 138103 second barrel. Then it's downrepparttar 138104 centerline at breakneck speed acrossrepparttar 138105 finish line. That's it, fastest time wins.

I have been teaching riding and barrel racing for years and have noticed a dramatic increase inrepparttar 138106 number of individuals wanting to learn to barrel race. They don't say " I want to learn to ride", instead what I am hearing is "I want to barrel race". Of course likerepparttar 138107 saying goes, that is really puttingrepparttar 138108 cart beforerepparttar 138109 horse. I normally don't have any problem resolvingrepparttar 138110 situation. Usuallyrepparttar 138111 horse explains it rather quickly, and much better than I could. After that they understand just why they need to learn to ride and controlrepparttar 138112 horse before asking for speed. Then there are those who have been riding for some time and desire something different or more challenging. For these riders things move along much more quickly. They already haverepparttar 138113 basics and simply needrepparttar 138114 technical aspects. However, even for some of those with experience it takes some getting used to forrepparttar 138115 speed. Once that is accomplished, there off and running.

Why All The Fuss About Relaxation

Written by Bill Dunigan

Why All The Fuss About Relaxation?

Bill Dunigan

If you have ever taken many riding lessons I'm sure you have heardrepparttar word "relaxation". It seems to be a staple in every instructors vocabulary. Have you ever wondered why so many teachers, trainers, and top riders place so much importance on it? Sometimes they are refering to relaxation onrepparttar 138079 part ofrepparttar 138080 horse and other times it'srepparttar 138081 rider being encoureged to relax more. What is it about this one aspect of riding horses that makes it so universaly important?

Something that we must realize before going any farther in this discussion is that there is a difference between riding a horse and working a horse. If we are simply out for a trail ride or usingrepparttar 138082 ring just to enjoyrepparttar 138083 beautiful day on horseback, we are riding. Onrepparttar 138084 other hand if we are preparing for competition, trying to progress torepparttar 138085 next level of accomplishment in our chosen diciplin, or practicing what we learned inrepparttar 138086 previous lesson, then we are working our horse. When we are just riding we are not doing anything in particular to bring about specific results withinrepparttar 138087 horse. However, when working our horse we have a real purpose, That purpose is to systematicaly and effectivly bring about improvement inrepparttar 138088 physical and mental condition ofrepparttar 138089 horse.

When our horses are tense their mussles, tendons, ligaments, and joints are not able to be as fluid in all of their actions as they need to be. Since we are trying to progress and improve, we needrepparttar 138090 horse able to performe torepparttar 138091 best of it's ability. If our horse is not relaxed while trying to accomplish this then there is no way to truly makerepparttar 138092 kind of progress we are looking for. Not only does it make it impossible for us to atainrepparttar 138093 desired results, it makes our horse more susseptable to injury. Whenrepparttar 138094 horse is tense their movements become suddon and abrupt. This can cause them to strain or pull something quite easily without us ever asking them to do something difficult, or unusual. Remember, even though they are very large animals they are in many ways quite fragil. When we take overrepparttar 138095 controls and start telling them when to stop or go, how to move, which way to look and bend, etc. we had better be correct, or we put them at a disadvantage when it comes to saving themselves from injury. The more relaxed we can keep themrepparttar 138096 easier it is for them to take care of themselves when working. That relaxation enablems them to remain fluid in their movements. This is crutial if we want to avoid injuries.

The relaxation keepsrepparttar 138097 horse mentaly able to understand and acept what we are wanting them to do. When they are not worried about self preservation from injury they are better able to cooperate with us. They must be able to trust us. If every time we attempt to work them we end up with a nervious, excited, frustrated horse then something is wrong. If this is oftenrepparttar 138098 case than they will have a very difficult time trusting us. They are creatures of habit, and have excellent memories. Why should they trust us to give them a good experience today ifrepparttar 138099 last time was as unpleasant for them as it would have been for us. They will trust us when we have earned it, and not before.

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