I want to teach my young Quarter horse how to barrel race. Could you give me some advice on how to make him the best he can be?
Thank you for your question about your young horse. I think the best thing you can do for your horse is to be sure that he has a great foundation before you introduce him to the barrel pattern.
Your young horse needs to be able to walk, trot and canter easily and maintain his rhythm in all gaits. The youngster needs to be able to lope circles and ride straight lines and lengthen and shorten his stride.
The work that you do on the basics will pay off in your barrel work. A happy horse that is willing to move freely forward at a variety of speeds, is balanced, and can maintain his balance when he has a direction change is then ready to be introduced to the barrel pattern.
Be patient. This process will take time. Remember to balance the youngster’s arena time with riding outside of the arena, if possible. Be safe.
I wish you success with your young horse.