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post #1 of 14 Old 04-06-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel horse conformation

What would you say if a good conformation for a barrel racer? I know powerful hindquarters are a big thing, but what else? Pictures of good vs. bad would be great :P
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-06-2013, 12:52 AM
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I would want somethin with nice, straight legs-- i have always ridden 'cowy' horses-- horses with the big powerful backends, and big muscular front ends. I like a horse to be 16-16.2hh for that sport. I would avoid a horse that is buck kneed/over at the knee, back at the knee, coon footed, has too straight of legs, stands under in the forend-- i dont mind a horse to be sickle hocked, or camped under really, as long as its not too extreme. If i cant halter show them i probably wouldnt want to barrel race them-- there is a lot more to it that just conformation-- mental stability is a big part of it too. :) thats just my opinion.
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I always get lots of complements about my mare. I barrel race her, I think she's got both a solid front and rear end, good bone, short back and just a solid mare. She is 8 years old and 15.1 hh. We just started late last fall actually competing and we are currently consistently placing in the 3D with many more "gears" to come.


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For me I like...

-Decent neck that ties in just right (not to high or low).
-Big sloping shoulders
-Deep heart girth
-Shorter back (not super long but not super short either)
-Long underline
-Big long hip
-Straight correct legs
-Lower set hocks
-Shorter pasterns
-Good bone

I also like a good soggy horse, not a big fan of the super lean built ones (even though I do have one, but he has lots of other great characteristics).

Here are 2 of mine, not the best pictures.

JJ


Scrat



I personally like JJs build a lot better and he is a bit more balanced than Scrat. He is also a lot heavier built then Scrat which is how I like them...big and wide.
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For me I like...

-Decent neck that ties in just right (not to high or low).
-Big sloping shoulders
-Deep heart girth
-Shorter back (not super long but not super short either)
-Long underline
-Big long hip
-Straight correct legs
-Lower set hocks
-Shorter pasterns
-Good bone

I also like a good soggy horse, not a big fan of the super lean built ones (even though I do have one, but he has lots of other great characteristics).

Here are 2 of mine, not the best pictures.

JJ


Scrat



I personally like JJs build a lot better and he is a bit more balanced than Scrat. He is also a lot heavier built then Scrat which is how I like them...big and wide.
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I like them both! Great looking boys! And I agree I like heavier built guys, they seem to stand up to use better than the greyhounds, at least in my mind!
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-06-2013, 07:27 PM
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Alot of what's already been mentioned. I like a horse who looks balanced overall, everything fits together well.
Mainly I look for:
Shorter back
Long underline
Low hock and knee set
Short pasterns and cannon bones
Sloped shoulder
I like thick bones horses to

This is my horse, he's very stout/thick. A very compact horse, I wish sometimes he was just a bit longer lol. But he's built the same as about every other horse with his breeding, I can always spot a DRM horse.



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post #7 of 14 Old 04-07-2013, 01:08 AM
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I like a horse with a short back and a good powerful engine on him. For me I like to race on horses 15hh-15.3hh my boys 15.1hh.

Not the best pics of him but only ones I have on this computer.


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post #8 of 14 Old 04-07-2013, 04:43 PM
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Color is insanely important. WHY HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THIS? Everyone knows chrome bumps your horse up one D, belly white adds to longevity, and blue eyes are ALWAYS free runners. Creams have nice rate, and appies can really dig into a stop (those butt spots are good for something...)

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Color is insanely important. WHY HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THIS? Everyone knows chrome bumps your horse up one D, belly white adds to longevity, and blue eyes are ALWAYS free runners. Creams have nice rate, and appies can really dig into a stop (those butt spots are good for something...)
Haha well that makes sense my palomino, has amazing rate and I really have to drive her in there! Guess I need to find some blue eyes too now!!

As well as colour, the proper blingy tack is SO important! My horse cant perform to her best without proper sparkles!


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