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"Barrel Racing Wisdom 
For YOU and Your Horse"

Horsemanship, Barrel Racing Technique,
Young Horse and Mental Strategy Tips
Take Your Barrel Racing to the Next Level!

Two of the Brightest Stars in Barrel Racing Came Together
and Exchanged
World Class Barrel Racing Strategies.

Martha Josey

  • AQHA World Champion
  • WPRA World Champion
  • NBHA World Champion
  • Olympic Medalist
  • Hall of Famer
Sherry Cervi

  • Career earnings: $2,175,384
  • 14 time NFR qualifier
  • 3 world titles 1995, 1999, 2010
  • Set NFR arena record in 2010 of 13.49 seconds
  • 2010 Became the first $2 million barrel racer


Martha and Sherry Shared Solutions for the Following Topics:


The Interview

Growing and Recovering Confidence

  • Thinking to achieve high level success
  • Recovering confidence after rough patches, injury, time off, etc.
  • Using specific mental approaches

Selecting and Training Young Horses

  • What to look for in a prospect
  • Judging potential, intelligence … when to let go
  • Identifying steps in 2, 3, 4 year old years

Developing Horsemanship

  • How to be a better barrel racer without wearing your horse out
  • Ideas if you can’t ride all the time

Training at Home

  • Feeding a horse to look and feel good
  • Importance of keeping a horse fit 
  • Importance of doing other things
  • Keeping a horse snappy in the turns

More About Health Care

  • Maintenance and management of soundness
  • Veterinary care and shoeing
  • Supplements

Seeking Solutions for Control Issues

  • Much has to do with the rider
  • Gate issues
  • Importance of foundation basics and control
  • Bits and patterning for communication

Personal Habits for Success

  • Goal setting
  • Value of preparation
  • Balance of family, support and competition
  • Thoughts about riding and getting older
  • Passion for the horse and desire to win


Q&A Time

1. Training to keep speed around barrels?

2. Saddle pad for the Crown C Saddle? 

3. Martha, plans to do a motivational CD?

4. How to develop timing & feel? 

5. Use hack horse came with or different bit?

6. How to go from training to competition?

7. What keeps you from purchasing a horse?

8. How do you deal with ulcers?

9. Help for horses who hesitate entering arena?

10. Evenings. Managing your & horse’s energy?

11. How to calm a hot horse during “slow work”?

12. Sherry, fun to do Barrel Series w/ Clinton?

13. Martha, attending NBHA Open this year?

14. Horses eating “as much as they want”?

15. Superstitions when you head down the alley?

16. When should you use a tie down?

17. Specifics for a daily conditioning program?

18. Help for a skittish yearling filly?

19. Horses hauled tied or loose with a halter?

20. Foundation training … other disciplines?

21. Days per week you ride to condition?

22. Help for difficulties backing out of trailer?


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21 Responses to “”

  1. Alicia Smith Says:
    April 14th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Barb I’m so excited that you are doing a barrel racing version! I can’t wait to hear what Sherry has to say as she is my favorite professional barrel racer.
    I’ve got a horse that I have trained myself & he is by far the fastest & most athletic barrel horse I’ve had so far. Because he is so much faster & more powerful than what I’ve had before I’m having a hard time with my timing at the first barrel. I either don’t rate enough or I ask for the turn to late which cause us to get past the first barrel. I need to know what I can do to sharpen my reaction time, get better timing with my horse & nail the first barrel!
    Thanks again Barb.

  2. Steph Says:
    April 14th, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I would like to ask a question about feeding. How early (time wise) before they compete and how much, normal daily feed or half before they run and rest later? Like humans you dont eat breakfast then 10 minutes later run 100m sprint. I was thinkin correct timing of food can provide sustainable energy for their performance.

    Also, when training do they establish routines. Feed at same time, saddle up exercise etc religiously every day within certain time frames?

    When training young ones how long do they keep them in training for before they turn them out for a spell?

    Thank you for the valuable & insightful info you gather and provide for us to access.

  3. Steph Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Do they train their horses in other disciplines for example . dressage to help with their barrel racing training?

  4. DJ Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    If you think you have a top quality horse but you cant ride the horse to its potential, how do you get in touch with someone like a Martha or Sherry, etc..

  5. Kelli Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I have trained my own horses from the start and have a difficult time moving from trainer to competitor. Do you have suggestions for trusting what you have trained and riding like a competitor? I think I have a couple of really nice horses and want to give them a chance of being successful with me as their rider. 🙂


  6. Liberty Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I would like to ask what kind of exercises to do for a horse that tries to beat you to the turn. I don’t believe he is being naughty, he just gets in there and wants to turn.

    Also, feelings on leg boots, versus polo wraps, leg protection during slow work?

    Thank you for any and all information 🙂

  7. Bonnie Calhoun Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Have a very nice horse that last year about May did a total 360, started balking, rearing, turned into a different horse. Gave him time off, had his teeth done, chiropractor, vet checked everything and finally decided it must be ulcers. He is on his third week of treatment and seems to be doing much better, took him to an exhibition this past week and he was a totally different horse.

    My question is: Have either one of you ever started your horses on preventative ulcer care to ensure that they did not get this? This is the only time I have ever really dealt with this.

  8. Russell Manary Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    A question regarding training.
    If Sherry was gonna have a 2 year old barrel prospect started (colt Starting) , other than the typical walk, trot canter, stop and neck reining, what would she do with the horse it’s 2 & 3 year old years to prepare the horse for barrel racing as a 4 year old? From the first 30 days of riding, where would she go with it in terms of riding and training?

  9. Pam Brown Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    What can we work on with a horse with refusing to go into the gate? She is a 10 year old mare very healthy. She has been checked by a few different vets and they all find clean bill of health. No soreness issues, hocks, stifles, knees, back. neck and shoulders all throughly checked. Several x-rays advised no need for any injections. Done saddle fittings and saddle pads. We have a very experienced farrier and no feet issues. My friends daughter is 13 that rides her and the vets advise at this point it is a behaviorial problem. ANY suggestions on what to work on to fix the gate issues?? She runs a great pattern both barrels and poles after she gets into the gate. Thank you!!!!

  10. Mary Cartwright Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I have been competing in many different events from hunter/jumper and combined training to western pleasure and working cow horse. Now that my barrel racing daughter is headed off to college, I thought it would be fun to start barrel racing and possibly rodeoing on her tried and true mare. The mare will go any speed I ask and will move in any direction I ask, so the horse it not the problem.

    My question is:

    in preparing MYSELF for running barrels, and without burning out the horse by repeatedly running the barrel pattern, what riding exercises can you recommended that will help me find MY balance and timing necessary for the extreme high speed and quick turns?

    Thank you!

  11. karen strickland Says:
    April 21st, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I dont know to much about these comp. but my question is I am trying to start a 10 yr old reining horse, and have veted him , done his teeth have rode him for 3yrs. out of the arena. Now I want to start barrels, an he still gives me a lot of attatude when ever I start arena work. He can do this, should I just work throuh his att. or just look for another. Nothing is wrong physically, and he is a great little horse. I have trained many and done WPRA many yr. but he has me stumped?

  12. Belinda Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 3:48 am

    My question is similar to Mary Cartwright’s (#10)~ this is my third year barrel racing and I started at 43 after only riding for a couple of years (got tired of watching my daughter have all the fun). This year I’m trying to ride my daughter’s older barrel horse which is alot faster than my horse and need advice on how to prepare myself for the high speed and quick turns too. I try to ride at least 3 times a week, 4 if I’m lucky, and mix it up between exercises in the arena and trail riding. Any suggestions on exercises to help with balance, especially when turning would be appreciated 🙂 Also, is there a minimum/maximum amount of time you should work your horse in the arena? Thanks.

  13. Denise sHACKELFORD Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:06 pm


  14. Denise sHACKELFORD Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm


  15. Julz Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Love the fact that you plan to talk about •”Help with riding when older … strength, flexibility?”
    Would you also add what type of supplements, diet and any other helpful hints for those of us who mentally have the desire of a 24 year old but a body of a 50 year old! 🙂 We research everything possible for our equine partners making sure they have the best supplements, nutrition and etc., but we fail ourselves in this department and it shows up later on in life. I have feeling that the current elite barrel racers have found the “cutting edge secrets” and know what supplements help them maintain their championship form and stamina! I would love to know what they have found to be the most beneficial. Also, have they found that living in a gym when not competing has significant results taking them consistently to the pay window?

  16. Janet Cunningham Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have always struggled trying to teach my horses to handle ground that shifts dramatically. When you have gone through all the usual suspects (is she sore? Is she as fit as can be? Shod properly? etc. etc.) What is left? I currently have a horse with a tremendous amount of talent, but too many of our local races have shifty ground… she seems to float out of the turn instead of holding it. On harder ground she’s just great. And this isn’t the first horse I’ve made with this issue (bad me!)

  17. Kate Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:45 am

    What advice would these ladies give young girls starting out? Especially for those whose families have never done this?

  18. Julee Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I recently purchased a 12 year old gelding who gets so excited that he will not listen. He is very quick and has lots of potential, but I am having problems keeping him under control. He wants to overrun or even run into the barrels at times. I had to switch him to the left barrel first because he was not turning the right. I am making progress and I want it to work. How would you suggest that I calm him down?

  19. Christina Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My question is similar to #18.I have a gelding that I acquired from a roper due to being sour in the box. He has an extreme amount of speed, so I wanted to try him on barrels. He has excelled so much that he is wanting to push himself faster to the 2nd and 3rd barrel. When I am practicing slow work to 2nd & 3rd, he will kinda lunge in the air while I’m holding him back. I don’t want to get him hot, nor push him to fast, nor not to like his new job. He seems to like it, except when I do slow work. All I’m using is a snaffle bit, and just recently put a tie down due to him wanting to stick his head up to lunge forward. Any suggestions?

  20. Jamie Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Knowing how much it takes to get down the road, do you have any advise about getting sponsors? I realize sponsors are hard to get and don’t feel like I am in the position for them now but would like to know what needs to be done in the future. Everyone knows that more times than not you get products not cash and that you need to come to them with a marketing plan on how you can help their image or sales. My question is what do you need to have done to set you up for sponsors? How do you choose who you are going to approach? Does community involvement play a part or is it strictly your accomplishments? Please inform us of the different ways to approach/get started contacting potential sponsors and break it down more than the generic answers everyone seems to give.

  21. sharon Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    This is a question about saddles!I need to purchase a new saddle and I would love to know about the crown c and the Martha cash. i want something that will keep me sitting down and not moving all over the place like i do with my saddle now. it is .5 to big in the seat and to narrow for my horse so I need to know which one does what. i also have a problem with my feet blowing back on me. I have a powerful horse that can blow you back comming out of the barrel and i am always late and get thrown off balance. can you both touch on this please.