During vat race..?
whats your routine while barrel racing? what do you do to get your horse focused and pumped up? and do you walk 2 handed to each barrel and drop your mitt or neck rein him all the way or what? only wondering i wanted to compare your tecniques to mine..
It depends on how well my horse that on I'm know the pattern at the time weather or not I use one hand or two.
If im in a ring, i walk her through the take and let her go...none of that circling crap to get the horse to listen...it doesnt do anything but be paid them more hyper and uncontrollable...i knew one lady who used to fund her horse up a few steps and then let it go and the once she did it surrounded by a ring and the horse was clearly ring sour, it backed right into the gate, freaked out and rear and she fell head first onto the metal gate...with out a helmet..she couldnt ride for a year...
So surrounded by short, i 2 hand, dont use whips or spurs, i use a long-shanked mechanical hackamore beside a bicycle chain nose, and cotton braided barrel reins, i don't psyc my horse out, im generally doing the opposite by calming her down and getting her stretched out and relaxed so she can focus on 2 things: those barrels and my cues...thats all that matter for those 15-16 seconds :) I usually have 15-16.25 runs and thats purely a tad smaller then NBHA Regulation size pattern (2 feet narrower between the first 2 barrels and 3 foot shorter from timer to 3rd barrel...)
Good Luck! (ps: post your methods on here too, im interested to know what you do as well!) Good Question, riders can always revise from other peoples techniques!!