Here are my observations from the 2015 second round of the 2015 WNFR barrel racing.
- The ladies rode the “whole horse,” they weren’t just concerned about their horse’s nose or shoulder. It takes the whole horse to turn a barrel quickly and power through the straight run. One I noticed in particular was Sarah, she was careful to not get too far ahead of Bling while still pushing her deep into each barrel.
- They positioned their horses so that those horses could succeed at doing their job- turning a barrel. All of them had excellent pockets that let to nice, smooth turns.
- Even though they were going Mach 3, they helped their horses going into first. It looked different for every rider, but with a blind alleyway and a short score those girls had to help those horses nail that first barrel. No horse was on “auto pilot.” Some took a hold of their horse’s nose to the inside, while others checked their horses.
I know these aren’t major break throughs but I really needed reminded on the basics that lead to great barrel runs. Who better to watch and learn from but the top fifteen in the world?