Can Gaited Horses Barrel Race?

Gaited horses have smooth moves and agreeable personalities that make them suited for a variety of disciplines – including barrel racing!

What is a Gaited Horse? Horses have several different gaits, which simply describes their several ways of moving. Gaited horses can perform different ways of moving outside of these standard gaits.

Barrel Racing A good barrel racing horse is fast, agile, and willing to please – and they must also be trainable and have the right conformation and good nature for the job.

When it comes to barrel racing, the faster your horse can race – the better. This can be challenging for gaited horses, especially those that don’t canter naturally.

The only horse that shouldn’t barrel race is one that is uncomfortable or doesn’t enjoy it. If your gaited horse enjoys the thrill of competition and loves going fast, give barrel racing a try!