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How to Barrel Race a Horse - Video Training Tip Tutorials

By Greatmats Staff Created: February, 2019 - Modified: January, 2022

Learning how to barrel race your horse is process that will continue to evolve over time as you and your horse(s) get more familiar with the process. Here are a few to get you started as taught by 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Kelly Murphy-Alley of Striking KMA Performance Horses. Kelly is also the rodeo team coach for the University of Kentucky and a former Kentucky High School State Barrel Racing Champion.

1. How to Saddle a Barrel Horse

2. How to Bridle a Barrel Horse

3. How to Warm Up A Barrel Horse

4. How to Position Your Hands for Barrel Racing

5. How to Approach Your First Barrel with Your Horse

6. How to Position Your Body for Barrel Racing Turns

7. How to Create the Proper Barrel Racing Turn Pocket

Thanks for watching the Greatmats Horse Training Series on barrel racing. Be sure to check out Kelly's other Greatmats Horse Training Series videos that focus on colt starting as well as Jesse Krier's series on desensitizing and obstacles.

Kelly Murphy-Alley
Striking KMA Performance Horses
Wilmore KY
Barrel Race Training