Keep ‘em Standing – Four Tips for Reforming a Barrel Crasher
“It’s like he’s magnetized to the barrels!”
“He just plows right over them ON PURPOSE!”
“OOOUUUUCH, my *&^$%R% kneeeeeee!!!!”
*Sniff, sniff* “We were, *sniff* SOOO close!”
If you’ve ever shed a tear over a tipped barrel, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve missed out on winning a huge check, or a trophy saddle. Maybe you’ve traveled the long ride home with nothing but paint from a barrel on your jeans, and a badly bruised shin and/or ego.
The bottom line is – tipped barrels are PAINFUL, in more ways than one!
Whether your horse is a chronic barrel crasher or you just want to prevent tipped barrels, this week’s Q&A is for every barrel racer.
Tipped barrels can occur from time to time, even to the best barrel racers. For horse and rider teams who are otherwise consistent, it’s sometimes a fluke thing and nothing much to worry about. In these instances, it’s important to take note of what caused the tipped barrel, replay a perfect run in your mind, and move on. If your horse tips the same barrel twice in a row, however, it’s time to focus up.
The video below describes FOUR detailed tips for reforming a “barrel crasher.”
At the same time, the points will also prove extremely valuable for preventing tipped barrels from ever becoming a problem.