Pattern<br /><ul><li>consists of 3 barrels placed in a triangular pattern.
can start with either the left or right barrel depending on the horses or riders preference.</li></li></ul><li>Equipment<br /><ul><li>Saddle has a higher back and smaller seat then a normal western saddle.
Bridles come in many different forms its main purpose is to hold the bit in place.
Leg wraps and boots help protect the horses legs if the horse oversteps.</li></li></ul><li>Horse<br />Barrel horses have a big round hip and a steep sholder they come in many colors and sizes but usually arnt more then 16 hands tall (a hand is 4 inches)<br />The horse must be in good working condition to prevent injuries.<br />Barrel horses can be sold anywhere from $1,000 to over $50,000<br />
Competition<br />Barrel races are held all over the U.S. One of the most popular is the National Barrel Horse Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.<br />
Events <br />Bull and bronc riding<br />Roping<br />Calf tying<br />Barrel racing <br />Bulldogging<br />Goat tying and much more<br />
History<br />Many rodeo events were based on the real life tasks required by cattle ranching. The working cowboy developed skills to fit the needs of the terrain and climate of the American west, and had many regional variations. However, the skills required to manage cattle and horses date back even farther, to the Spanish traditions of the vaquero.<br />Early rodeo-like affairs of the 1820s and 1830s were informal events in the western United States and northern Mexico with cowboys and vaqueros testing their work skills against one another. Following the American Civil War, Early rodeo competitions emerged with the first held in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1872, but Prescott, Arizona claims the distinction of holding the first professional rodeo when it charged admission and awarded trophies in 1888.[<br />
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