Listen to more on this topic in Episode #73 of the Barrel Racing Tips podcast.
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We all know that the fastest path between two points is a straight line. Even one or two wasted steps between barrels can slow us down dramatically. If your barrel photo has every looked like the one shown above – then it’s possible your path between the barrels is not as straight and fast as is could be.
In this week’s Q & A we’ve addressed an issue with a horse and rider that struggle with leaving the first barrel wide and get out of alignment for the second barrel. Whether you’ve experienced this issue or not, the two valuable (yet seemingly contradictory) tips provided in the video below not only fix this problem, but will also ensure that you are following the absolute straightest, fastest path between barrels.
In this old photo, the way in which I asked my horse to turn actually created an “energy leak, ” causing him to take extra steps as we headed to the next barrel. Discovering the real cause for this problem required that I retrace our steps to determine – what happened, before what happened, happened! The solution seems contradictory because in cases like this, we often have to add steps, and time in certain areas on the pattern, to more significantly shave off time, and decrease steps in other parts.
As promised in the video, I’m also providing a link to a great, informative Barrel Horse News article on treating bleeders – Click here for “Guaranteed to Bleed? – Treatment for EIPH” (Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage).
P.S. As if gaining unique tips for turning in faster times wasn’t enough reason to check out this edition of Q & A Tuesday, I also show off my creative abilities with a marker and a diagram of the barrel pattern – don’t miss it!