Top 5 Horse Breeds for Barrel Racing
Preparation and training are key to winning a barrel race. The horse breed you choose to race can have a significant influence on how well the preparation goes. So here, I present my top five barrel-racing horse breeds based on how easily trainable they are.
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. 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. Thoroughbreds run wonderfully, but are hot-tempered. Working with a thoroughbred takes a lot of effort.
2. Paint Horse
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. They are fast runners and great turners. They are mostly low-maintenance, even-tempered horses. Paint Horses are the easiest to train and a good breed for any rider.
3. Quarter Horse
Much like Paints, Quarter Horses are an even-tempered breed, which makes training relatively easy. They vary in color and can have paint markings sometimes. 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. A good breed for kids.
5. Grade Horses
Grade Horses are horses of unknown or mixed ancestry. Backyard-bred horses are the ones who can often surprise you the most. They can have any colors or markings and their tempers can be a bit out there. Grade horses are the ones who can be your best hope for any event you want.