I’ve created a very special 10-page guide on the subject of SPEED, and how to get every bit of it you possibly can from your horse in competition.
And now The Barrel Racer’s Guide to Speed Development is available as FREE gift with purchase of Secrets to Barrel Racing Success.
In fact, I devoted the entire Speed Changes Everything chapter in ‘The Secrets’ to the topic, and went in-depth to discuss some of the main contributing factors, those being:
– Natural Talent
– Foot Placement
Also described are the specific challenges speed presents to barrel racers and their horses, AND how to overcome them.
I could go on and on about speed!
In fact when I wrote this, I emailed the BarrelRacingTips.com community and shared EVEN MORE tips for helping to reveal speed in the barrel horse (if you don’t want to miss out on these additional winning tips, be sure to sign up below).
To give you a sneak peek into the Speed Guide, I’ve added an excerpt from the introduction below, as well as details describing what this rare guide reveals to barrel racers.
Enjoy the first page from The Barrel Racer’s Guide to Speed Development:
I once came across some great horsemanship advice that suggests we do our “feeling during the day and thinking at night.” I often remind myself of this in order to sustain a balance between the two. I’ll be the first to admit that over the years, I’ve done way more thinking than feeling.
It’s not that I haven’t gained a lot through having this tendency to be such a dedicated left-brain student, with a desire to analyze and figure out how things work and why. The trouble with many barrel racers, is that they don’t do enough thinking OR feeling. It’s all too common to get stuck going through the motions (we’ve all done it), not so much aware of what’s working, what’s not working, or why. As the famous quote by W.L. Bateman says…
“If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.”
Barrel racing has been in the stone age for too long when it comes to speed development. We breed for it, we (think) we train for it, we feed for it, but for the most part, it remains a gamble. Sometimes, we come across that “freak of nature” horse, or sometimes we stumble across the perfect recipe for explosive speed, by complete accident.
Like you, I had developed some ideas when it came to speed development based on what I’ve seen and experienced. We all look at everything through our own individual filters, based on our personal experiences. At first I thought that the truly fast horses were the Scamper-like “daisy clippers” with short cannon bones – lower legs that moved more like wheels. But then I’d come across extremely fast, leggy, race bred horses with knee action so high, when they ran it reminded me of a large, snorting Paso Fino. There were the horses that looked or felt fast but didn’t clock, and horses that looked slow and DID clock!?
It didn’t entirely make sense.
I learned that in most cases, observations like mine don’t even begin to touch the surface of what can be gained through a combination of studying the facts – the science of speed – AND really listening to, watching, and feeling our horse (the ultimate source of feedback), and then of course, in the end – the clock won’t lie.
Long story short, speed development has been just one of many areas where I had a feeling – there was more to it, than what I already knew.
Turns out, I was right.
The Barrel Racer’s Guide to Speed Development goes on to discuss the two foundational qualities of speed.
It includes a detailed comparison of two horses – one that’s fast, and one that’s quick (there IS a difference)!
The Speed Guide explains how you can determine which quality your horse lacks and how to develop one or the other.
It even goes as far as to include three different conditioning schedules based on your individual horse’s needs!
Most importantly though, it includes some specific precautions to take, so that you don’t make common mistakes that prevent your horse from fully expressing his speed in a run.
How’s that for FAST!? 😉