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post #1 of 7 Old 08-29-2013, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel prospect?

Just curious if this horse may have good conformation for barrels. He's eight years old and 15.2 hh. I'm not the best at judging conformation for certain events so I was looking for some more opinions. Thanks :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-29-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a better picture of him
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well he sure would be a flashy barrel racer and with barrel racing it honestly doesn't matter on conformation, so don't worry about it. Is he fast, does he neck rein, leg cues, stop, turn things like that are what need to be thought about.
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with barrel racing it honestly doesn't matter on conformation, so don't worry about it..

Your surely mistaken.... while I believe the horse having the "heart" to do it plays a big role so does conformation.
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He looks to me a bit posty in the back end, which could affect him pushing out of the turns. His shoulder looks nice good slope to it. May be a bit long in the back,but may be an illusion with the trees in the back ground.
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Overall, I don't see any huge glaring issues, but the pictures are not that good.

Very hard to tell from the angle, but he may be a tad cow-hocked?

I don't know if posty is the word, but I would like to see his leg a little straighter under his hocks.

He's got a pretty steep shoulder angle.

Back is just a hair long (make it harder for them to collect ... but not impossible).

But he's sure got a nice hinny. He looks decent enough for barrels anyway!


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well he sure would be a flashy barrel racer and with barrel racing it honestly doesn't matter on conformation, so don't worry about it. Is he fast, does he neck rein, leg cues, stop, turn things like that are what need to be thought about.
Wrong.

Barrel racing is extremely strenuous on the joints and the body of the horse. If you aren't starting with a structurally sound horse in the first place, or a horse that has greater potential for weakness, you are increasing your risks of having the horse "not last" for their barrel racing career.

While yes, not all successful barrel racing horses have perfect conformation, I would pick the horse who is structurally sound over one that is not any day of the week. Yes, talent and heart are important. But if you horse falls apart because of lameness, that doesn't do you much good.

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Thank you everyone :)
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