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post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2013, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel/Gynkhana Potential?

What do you think of this horse? Does it have the potential for barrel racing or/and gymkhana?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-04-2013, 02:58 PM
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Pedigree-wise, I do not see anything impressive at all. But pedigree doesn't mean everything.

Overall, he looks put together nice (despite not having good conformation photos to look at). There is something that seems "off" about his hind lower legs, but I'm not sure what it is. He's a little cow-hocked, yes, but maybe he has slightly long pasterns??

Never know unless you try. Just realize this horse is already 5 and has never been ridden. Be willing to invest 1 to 2 years of general riding to get him 100% broke, before you even attempt to pattern him on barrels or games. As long as you are fine with the time committment.
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I also see the thing with his hind pasterns. Even his hock angles look funky when he's walking. Of course, a picture can tell a lie as well as it tells a story, but I think I'd have a thorough vet check and pay special attention to the possibility of DSLD.

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possibility of DSLD.
What is that? I'm not sure I've heard of it.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-04-2013, 11:25 PM
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It's a degenerative ligament disease.

DSLD/ESPA Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management


ETA: even if he is negative for that, I wouldn't look at him as a prospect for such a high-stress job as barrels/gymkhana. I don't see him having a long career with those hind legs.

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Okay thankyou everyone! :) I guess I'll pass on this one. I would rather have a healthy horse!

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Well don't always make a full decision from a forum because so many people have different opinions. I personally think he's cute and I like how he hasn't been ridden yet because that means there not ruined yet lol its harder to untrain a horse then to train a blank slate one. If it was me and I was looking for a decent horse I would go look at him. But if you don't know much about horse confo ex bring someone you trust with you that is educated in it like your vet, farrier, friend, trainer ex. Wish you the best of luck on what ever you choose


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Okay thankyou everyone! :) I guess I'll pass on this one. I would rather have a healthy horse!

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