Greatmats Releases Barrel Horse Video Training Series

2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Kelly Murphy-Alley provides training tips

Kelly Murphy-Alley Colt Starting

Horse stall mat retailer Greatmats has paired up with 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Kelly Murphy-Alley for a Barrel Horse Training series. This former Kentucky high school state barrel racing champion-turned professional barrel racer and college rodeo coach offers tips on everything from saddling to racing tips and even tips on how to start a barrel horse.

Greatmats is tentatively scheduled to release 2-3 barrel horse training videos per month, featuring Mrs. Kelly-Alley through most of 2018.

Below is list of barrel horse training tips that will be offered in the Greatmats training series. Check out the first three videos on the series at

Saddling Your Barrel Horse

Bridling Your Barrel Horse

Barrel Racing Tips

  • The Warm-up

  • Hand Positioning for Turns

  • Approaching Your First Barrel

  • Body Position for Turns

  • Turn Pockets

Starting a Barrel Horse

  • Desensitizing - Lead Rope and Flag

  • Lunging on a Line

  • Free Lunging

  • Saddling for the First Time

  • Moving Forward After Saddling

  • Loping Under Saddle on Free Lunge

  • Loping Hackamore vs. Snaffle Bit

  • Unsaddling

  • Quick-Release Tying to a Rubber Inner-Tube

Kelly Murphy-Alley uses her Greatmats washbay mats 8-10 times per day to keep her horses safe and comfortable. Take a look a look at the first three videos in the series and watch for more to come on the Greatmats YouTube Channel.


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