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Taylor Johnston

English 10

Block 1

5/20/19

Barrel racing

The excitement of going around a barrel is exhilarating, the way the dirt flies, the

way you feel when your horse makes that sharp turn where you feel like it's going to

collapse on you. Also the way the crowd cheers when they announce your time. The

rider’s horsemanship skills, the horse’s mental condition, and the horse’s athleticism are

all very crucial to providing a good time. Barrel racing is more than controlling a horse,

horses are like many animals they can be loving or mean because they have a mind of

their own. Many riders try to control horse and think they can teach them by force.

However a horse is a wild animal, if it doesn’t want to do something it doesn’t matter

how hard you try they do not do it. This is why it is important to bond with an animal.

A horse needs just as much attention as a dog however it is more work to keep a

horse. It takes time and patience to ride a horse. A good rider spends a lot of time with

the animals. I have three horses. They need to be fed in the morning and night, the

stalls need to be cleaned every night and they must have water. These are what I called

chores it takes about an hour every night. A good way to bond with the horses is to

brush the horses every day especially in winter. Also animals know when you’re around

them all the time, which makes the animal trust you more. Trust is very important when

barrel racing, and if you don’t trust your horse and they don’t trust you there’s more of a

chance for something to go wrong.

The first thing you should do if you own an animal is to bond with it. If you have a

horse that means it has to be fed and watered each day. Also since horses are usually

in a barn all night their stalls need to be cleaned every day. horses loves attention some

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push you with their head telling you they want to be pet or scratched. Patience is key

when having any animal that you want to be obedient. The more time you spend with a

horse the more they will trust you. Trust between a horse and a person is a major thing

if you don’t trust your horse to do their job they won’t because they can sense you’re

scared or worried.

A horse is not always predictable just like humans they have the good days and

bad days. My one horse he used to rear up before we ran because he was so excited to

run but when I wanted him to go faster before finishing a run he would sometimes buck

me and give me a hard time. I would lay there to catch my breath and he would come

over and look down at me so I got up. This was his way of saying sorry, until the next

show he did it again. Bonding with a horse makes a connection between you and the

animals. It is one of the most important things you can do with an animal. A horse is not

always predictable and that worries some people. Barrel racing is a unique sport,

because everything relies on time.( says university of Iowa)

Horses have a very big heart. It’s worse if you will put all your trust in them while

riding than a little trust because horses are still wild animals and can change their mind

in an instant. To be able to ride a horse needs shoes on them. Their shoe has metal

ring that goes almost completely around the horses foot. And the shoe is nailed into

their foot. This is done by a blacksmith unless you learn to do it. The horses don’t feel

pain when getting shoes put on but some don’t like the sound and they panic. A way to

make the horse not panic is to feed them treats when they are doing a good job so they

know what they get when they are being good.

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English 10

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Barrel racing

Horses are wild animals it’s hard to put your trust in something that is

unpredictable. However “it's all about the bond and the trust you have with your horse

because without that, you will not have a successful barrel racing career and you or

your horse can get hurt” (says teen ink). But one horse when I rode him could be very

stubborn sometimes and he would book and if I thought he would stand over my body

until I got up and back on. I know you didn’t mean to hurt me because of his reactions

when I get hurt. Horses might be wild animals how rude they could have a one of the

biggest hearts of an animal species. It is hard to get a horse to listen to you so being

nice won’t always work you might have to use discipline. I forward this woman would be

to use spurs or a whip. Now I’m not saying to abuse the horse I’m saying to push the

horse to listen. A horse should be worked on most every day to keep them in shape in

case you compete with them and just Susie are in shape and healthy. Through this a lot

of people lunch the horse. To lend your horse you put a long lead rope on them and

make them run in a circle both ways. It’s a good way to keep them in shape in case you

didn’t have time to ride them and to give them different leads. Winter is a hard time to

keep a horse in shape because of the coldness and snow. In the winter horses need to

be let in early about 5 PM and all they do is eat all winter that’s why people exercise

their horses as a horse should be worked on most every day to keep them in shape in

case you compete with them and just Susie are in shape and healthy. Through this a lot

of people lunge there horse. To lend your horse you put a long lead rope on them and

make them run in a circle both ways. It’s a good way to keep them in shape in case you

didn’t have time to ride them and to give them different leads. When are is a hard time

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to keep a horse in shape because of the coldness in snow. In the winter horses need to

be let in early about 5 PM and all they do is eat all winter that’s why people exercise

their horses as soon as weather is nice. In my opinion winter is the worst times to have

horses because working out in the cold is a pain. In the winter horses get their shoes

taken off because when it snows or the ground is frozen with ice the horseshoes make it

very slippery to walk. What is their very smart animals for example my one horse has

found a way to escape his pen so he had to be put in an arena where it is all fence by

himself. If you’re going to ride a horse he must know how to use balance and strength.

Writing is the most all your muscles but the ones they use the most are the legs. Your

legs are the majority of the work use them to make the horse go and stop meals use

your legs to turn. Using your legs is a big thing in Reading however it takes a long time

in the master. In order to balance you need to set a certain way and a voice. When your

horse takes a sharp turn in their whole body will feel like it’s going to tip over and you

need to be able to keep yourself balanced. If you tip to the right in the horse tips to the

right there’s a possibility of the horse tripping and falling.

I compare to riding a quad sometimes because you take a sharp turn then you’re

supposed to not lean with the turn but to either stay like you were early in the ass way to

bounce it out. When you read it and practice every day you might not even know your

bouncer your strength. The way I just myself is by riding my horse bareback, which

means no settle in a blanket. It’s hard to writing this way because it requires a lot more

like strength then if you weren’t riding bareback. However people compete barrel racing

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bareback because if you can win like that or even close to winning you’ll know you can

win with a saddle.

Horses can be very expensive depending on how much they know and can do.

However “ in general, the going price for a horses vary from $2500 for a broke trailer

horse to as much as $25000 for a competitive arena horse”(cowgirlmagazine.com).If I

were to buy a $25,000 horse they would know the barrel pattern by heart. Ours is Val

you can depend on the horses bloodline, speed, spirit, and how much he ends it i if I

were to buy a $25,000 horse they would know the barrel pattern by heart. A horses

value can depend on the horses bloodline, speed, spirit, and how many hands it is. A

horse's height is measured in hands. That doesn’t mean that a cheap horse is a bad

horse, it depends on how well the rider is. Barrel racer kristie Peterson “ famously won

four women’s professional rodeo association world championships on bozo, a quarter

horse she bought for $400”(cowgirlmagazine). Stories like kristie Don’t happen too often

that’s why it’s important to know a lot about horses so when you go to buy one you

know that horse is well bred and can win some money. What do you buy it worse if it’s

not up to your standards you got to remember the horse don’t happen too often that’s

why it’s important to know a lot about horses so when you go to buy one you know that

horse is well bred and can win some money. Would you buy it worse if it’s not up to your

standards you got to remember horses and a rider can always improve their skills.

Average times depend on how big the arena is, but usually they will range from

about fifteen seconds to thirty seconds says (Iowa state university). Barrel racing is all

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about competition in rodeos there are age groups separating the kids till there eighteen

to adults. A lot of the times the kids can beat the adults times or come close. In barrel

racing there’s people from many different places that come to ride for the prize money.

“A horses warm-up is crucial, because it will help prepare the horse for performance,

prevent injuries, and help the psychological preparation” says (Iowa university). While

barrel racing if you tip a barrel with your foot and don’t knock it down there is no penalty

but if the barrel were to fall you would have five seconds added to your overall time at

the end of your run. Many people travel very far to compete in rodeos around the

country to make it to the World Series.

Kids that don’t ride horses or compete in the sport think it’s not hard or dangerous

little do they know how many people have died in a arena competing, or even at their

own house. This sport requires a lot of courage, patience, strength, and the ability to

want to learn. Barrel racers put their lives at risk every time they step through that gate.

It’s like any other sport you need to learn how to do it right and build up muscle memory

to ride a horse. A horse trusts you just as much as you trust them if neither are trusting

the other one can get hurt or they won't have a good run. I’ve been riding since I was

five years old and every time I get on a horse there’s something I am doing wrong or

something I can improve at. You never stop learning something new about riding if you

do you haven’t looked hard enough. Horses usually are very gentle animals unless they

have been mistreated or raised to be not gentle. I know not everyone likes horses and

not everyone will agree it’s a sport but it is the most exciting thing when your in a

Taylor Johnston

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Barrel racing

dangerous moment riding a fifteen hundred pound animal around three barrels at a

quick speed and having your stomach drop rounding a barrel.

Citations:

Forbes, Madison. “Barrel Racing.” Equine Science,

Team, Fashion. “Inspiring the Modern Western Lifestyle.” Cowgirl Magazine, Cowgirl

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