Best Horses For Barrel Racing

David Lawrence
• Sunday, 27 December, 2020
• 8 min read

Thoroughbreds are tall horses typically known for running races. They are bred for speed and are easily able to take the turns of a barrel race.

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Their colors can vary from bays to dapple grays and all the way to the rare whites. Sometimes they do not have toes, which can make things easier or harder.

Rasping once a month is easier, but needing a wedge for shoes is harder. Working with a thoroughbred takes a lot of effort.

The flashy colors and markings of the Paint Horse bring tons of attention to the arena no matter what class or road they are on. Paint Horses are the easiest to train and a good breed for any rider.

Much like Paints, Quarter Horses are an even-tempered breed, which makes training relatively easy. Quarter Horses often have their own shows that include speed events.

The Appaloosa is a lovely breed of horse that has its own racing events. They can have any colors or markings and their tempers can be a bit out there.

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In the real rodeo world you won’t see hardly ANY thoroughbred writer is misinformed. Thoroughbreds run longer faster Quarter horses are sprinters.

Not as fast as HQ on a small pattern and don’t stop as well which is needed to go into a turn. In my opinion, any horse can barrel race (ETC) if it is trained to do so.

Alpha, is a breed registry, It was originally started to register, quarter horses that did not meet inspection requirements. They have evolved through the years, to include, thoroughbred, quarter horse and Arabian blood, but they must have certain color patterns to qualify, or can be registered as breeding stock, if they have at least one registered paint parent.

Thoroughbreds can make great barrel horses if you have the patients to train them right. I can't say I would use another thoroughbred for the barrels, she had her pros and cons, but I am enjoying my quarter horse.

I have never met a paint they didn't try your skills as a rider, unless hey we're lesson horses of course. Thoroughbreds make great barrel horses I own one and trained her myself.

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People doubted me and Dream but SWE proved them wrong she's running times at the 1D level. The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines both the conformation characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors.

If you haven't actually ridden a thoroughbred as a barrel horse then I wouldn't say they make bad barrel horses. Actually, Rae, I disagree with you on the Paints are actually Quarter Horses.

Quarter Horses can be brown, black, gray, whatever color, that doesn't matter. Thoroughbreds can make a good barrel horse.

He's a lot of power, and he will be great so the haters should just be quite all you have to do is train but some people are just lazy or don't have time to see how good they are. For those that don't know what an appendix is it is a mix of thoroughbred and quarter horse.

My uncles and my cousins and I ride, and we know that they are not good barrel racers unless you like not being close to the barrels and getting a worse time. Their legs are far to long, and they'll have trouble getting close to the barrels.

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Quarter horses are the top breed for barrel racing. If you ask most people what the best breed for barrel racing is chances are they’d say the Quarter Horse without too much hesitation and in terms of popularity that certainly is the case but that doesn’t mean it's always the best.

I’ve included the favorites such as the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa as well as some breeds that you might be surprised to see but that can still be, with the right training, good barrelracinghorses. There’s a reason why the Quarter Horse is the most popular breed, and its ability to turn on a sixpence gives an indication as to why this is the case.

Originally bred by the English pioneers that began settling in New England during the seventeenth century, it wasn’t long before the English, bringing their love of racing with them, began to race their horses through the village streets. The Quarter Horse is phenomenally fast and can reach speeds of up to 55 mph (88 kph) over a short distance.

They make great family horses because they can be handled by both adults and children Country of Origin: USA While the Appaloosa originally descended from Russian Don horses as well as Spanish Conquistadors their numbers had been so drastically reduced by the end of the nineteenth century that, in an effort to save the breed from extinction, a lot of Quarter Horse blood was introduced.

And it’s this blood that, combined with the fast, versatile horse that the Appaloosa was already, helped to make them a great choice for barrel racing. Known as ‘a Famously’ horse due to their native homeland in the Pa louse region of Idaho and Washington.

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While their coat pattern is arguably their most famous characteristic, not all Appaloosas have spots and can even be a solid color. They have the speed and agility of the Quarter Horse with the added bonus of a distinctive coat.

Due to their stock-type build, Paint Horses are incredibly popular for pleasure riding but also for ranch work. They’re also highly intelligent and easy to train, so they can turn their ‘hoof’ to anything and as such have done tremendously well in most disciplines.

Height: Typically they’ll stand between 14hh (56 inches) and 16.2hh (66 inches) Color: Any color is allowed Character: The Australian Stock Horse has a lot of stamina and is loved for its calm temperament as well as for its courage Country of Origin: Australia Since it’s early days the Australian Stock Horse has had to adapt to its environment and climate which has made it a very tough and hardy breed.

It’s also evolved into an extremely sensible horse that won’t just run at the first sight of danger, instead, they’ll assess the situation. The opening ceremony to the 2000 Olympics, which were hosted in Sydney, held a tribute to the Australian Stock Horse.

During the 1900s, Quarter Horse blood was introduced which only helped to improve their speed and stamina. Height: Most ponies will stand between 11.2hh (46 inches) and 14hh (56 inches) Color: Spotted, although it’s sometimes referred to as Appaloosa coloring because they have the same mottled skin characteristics as their bigger cousins Character: The Pony of the Americas is a gentle breed that is also very fast.

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When the resulting foal was born with a black ‘smudge’ on an otherwise pure white coat Borrower was inspired to create a breed. He then set about establishing the new breed with the aim of producing a Western utility pony that also had a colorful coat.

The Pony of the Americas has a great deal of stamina which was put to the test in the mid-twentieth century when a pony called Apache Wampum completed a six hundred mile rides from Columbus Junction in Iowa to Cheyenne in Wyoming. The Thoroughbred was originally developed during the eighteenth century as the ‘ultimate racing machine’ and is now capable of covering a mile at speeds of around 40mph (64kph) which is one of the reasons they make good barrel racers.

The only drawback to the Thoroughbred though, in terms of the barrels, is that they tend to be a little hot-headed and it can take a lot of time and effort to train them. This means ‘Off The Track Thoroughbred’ and is a term used to describe a horse that is registered with the Jockey Club.

Named after the solar eclipse of that year he ran 18 races in his career and one every single one of them. While the founding stallions are all said to be Arabians, the foundation mares, on the other hand, were a mixture of oriental horses and other European breeds such as the now-extinct Irish Hobby.

Height: Arabians can reach up to 16hh (64 inches) but the average height is 14.3hh (57 inches) Color : Black, brown, bay, chestnut and gray are the most common but any solid color is allowed Character: Arabians have a reputation for being a bit hot-headed but this isn’t always the case, they’re generally kind horse and love being around people Country of Origin: Arabian Peninsula While the breed’s origins aren’t known they have been depicted in ancient cave paintings that are over 3500 years old.

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Despite their size, they’re much faster than you might think which is one of the reasons why they make good, if somewhat unusual, barrel racers. Like so many workhorses the Clydesdale’s numbers dropped with the introduction of mechanization but this versatile breed once again evolved and is now more likely to be seen under saddle.

Clydesdale's have a much higher leg action than other heavy horses which means they don’t drag their feet at all as they move. The Clydesdale is one of the biggest breeds in the world with horses often being taller than 18hh (72 inches) and more than 6 feet from head to tail.

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