Barrel Racing Pattern

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Barrel Pattern

This is the typical pattern used for barrel racing. The distance between the barrels fluctuates due to the size of the arena being used. Usually it will be 90 feet between the barrels, but may only be 60 or 70 feet.

The distance from the start line or electric eye can vary from 30 to 60 feet. There must be at least 15 feet behind each barrel to the fence in order for the tractor to drag the arena without moving the barrels and so the horses will have enough room to make a safe turn.

Because of the difference in the distance between barrels, the times a horse runs can be different from on arena to another.

Another factor affecting the run times is the soil condition or footing. Some types of footing will allow faster runs, others will result in slower times for everyone.


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