Guide to Barrel Horse Training

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Some of the industry’s best barrel racers share their secrets to success in this e-book.

When it comes to training a barrel horse, the best approach is to recognize that the horse is as much an athlete as the person in the saddle.

A barrel horse needs the same care and compassion that a human athlete needs. The most important thing is to build discipline, trust and confidence. Without them, a horse cannot give his rider his absolute best. He might be good – but he could be great.

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The Guide to Barrel Horse Training shares barrel racing insights and advice from some of the industry’s best barrel racers.

  • Barrel horses who learn to love their job run through the in-gate seeking the object of their desire. Multiple Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier Stevi Hillman shares how she keeps her horses’ infatuation alive.
  • Although a few quick changes have helped Sue Smith win major events, she has a simple barrel horse shoeing program that promotes balance and speed.
  • Ashley Schafer, a qualifier to RFD-TV’s The American rodeo, shares her spiraling exercise that uses a fourth barrel to increase a horse’s reach and fluidity, putting the rider in a better position to cue the horse.
  • When $1.5 million barrel futurity winner Jolene Montgomery takes on a prospect, it’s her four other criteria she’s keen to develop. Find out what makes a good barrel horse in Jolene’s eyes.
  • World champion Mary Burger offers 10 tips every rider can use to improve his or her barrel racing runs.

If you’ve been looking for the secrets to barrel racing success, you’ll want to download this e-book, featuring barrel horse training exercises and drills from leading barrel racers.

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On the cover is Stevi Hillman and 2017 AQHA-WPRA Horse of the Year runner-up MCM Imasharpguy, aka “Sharpie.” Stevi is one of five professionals who share barrel horse training advice in the Guide to Barrel Horse Training. Other experts included in this e-book are Sue Smith, Ashley Schafer, Jolene Montgomery and the legendary Mary Burger.

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