Today’s Horse Facts: Pole Bending and Barrel Racing Review

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Do you know what pole bending and barrel racing are? If you read my last blog post, you do know what they are. Have you seen either at a rodeo? Can you remember what pattern riders use while barrel racing? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:

  1. Barrel racing originally developed as an event for men.
  2. Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider running a weaving path around eight poles arranged in a line.
  3. It is believed that barrel racing first saw competitive light in the state of Texas.
  4. In pole bending each pole is 21 feet apart.
  5. Each pole is six feet high with a base of no more than 14 inches in diameter.
  6. Pole bending combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely maneuver a horse through a cloverleaf pattern.
  7. Both boys and girls compete at the youth level in barrel racing.
  8. Pole bending is usually seen in high school rodeos.
  9. In barrel racing, the figure-eight pattern was eventually dropped in favor of the more-difficult cloverleaf.
  10. The measurements of the poles are implemented and endorsed by the National High School Rodeo Association.

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Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a pole bending and barrel racing expert! Here are the answers:

  1. F    Barrel racing originally developed as an event for women.
  2. F    Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider, running a weaving path around six poles arranged in a line.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F    Barrel racing combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely maneuver a horse through a cloverleaf pattern.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

 

For more information about pole bending and barrel racing, check out these sites:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_bending

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrel_racing

http://www.nhsra.com/

Happy riding!

Marsha

http:/www.marshahubler.com/

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