In barrel racing, there are a few key components—a horse, boots, jeans, tack and a saddle. The most important requirement would, obviously, be your horse, but I believe the second is your saddle. Everyone knows what a saddle is, but did you know that the saddle can sometimes make a huge difference in the way your horse runs, and even how you ride?
I recently had the opportunity to talk to champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears. During my conversation with Lindsay, she stressed how important routine is for horses.
Some people don’t realize how important it is to take care of horses’ teeth. If a horse’s teeth start to get sore, it makes it difficult for him to respond to a bit and to turn barrels correctly.
I hoist the hay bale from the field onto the trailer pulled by the white Ford pick-up. It lands with a thud. I am content. Sweaty. Aching. Happy. Smiling. Looking for the next bale.
In barrel racing, just like any sport, injuries happen. Unfortunately, with all of the action and power involved in barrel racing, injuries can be very devastating.
I have a young horse that will be out of training soon. I can’t wait until he’s ready to start hauling to exhibitions. With him, I’ve learned that there are a few things you need to make sure you do before working with a young horse.
My involvement with rodeo began at our local PRCA rodeo. If you are thinking that my first rodeo was in the professional rodeo arena, think again.
Cribbing is a common equine vice that is often considered a nuisance by horse owners, but few realize the medical and practical implications of having a horse that cribs. I asked Dr. Michael Aromando of Town and Country Veterinary Service for his insight on the difficulties of owning a cribbing horse.