A western sport with explosive turns and acceleration
One of the fastest and most spectacular elements in rodeo
Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. Though both boys and girls compete at the youth level and men compete in some amateur venues and jackpots, in collegiate and at rodeos, it is primarily an event for women. It combines the horse's athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels (typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena. Explosive turns and acceleration are inherent to barrel racing.
Indoor and Outdoor arenas. Slightly deep ground is preferred.
Breakover points and heel support are generally important for most barrel horses. Having enough sole depth and a shorter toes in front and behind tend to be better for not straining tendons and ligaments.