Best Barrel Racing Horse Breeds

Barrel racing is a competition where riders must circle three barrels placed in a triangular pattern in the shortest amount of time possible. Here are some of the best barrel racing horse breeds.

Quarter Horses have great temperaments and are easy to train. More importantly, Quarter Horses are bred for speed, especially when covering short distances.

Quarter Horse

Appaloosas are gentle, versatile horses that are very willing to learn. This makes them a very good choice to train in the skills needed for barrel racing


Arabians are highly sensitive, intelligent horses. Though not traditionally bred for barrel racing, a properly trained Arabian horse can excel at the sport.


Some of the qualities that make Friesians great riding horses are their “intelligence, willingness to learn, and readiness to perform.”