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post #1 of 10 Old 09-29-2013, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel Prospect?

Hi everyone! I'm currently training my horse Popatop in barrels and I just wanted everyone's opinions on his conformation and such/if ya'll think he would make a good barrel horse :) His sire and dam are/were both cutting horses and he started out as a cutting horse but wasn't good when it came to cuttings. He was only good in practice. And yes I do know he is overweight. Here are a few pictures..






















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post #2 of 10 Old 09-29-2013, 05:31 PM
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Little cow ponies can be really quick on the barrel pattern. My mare is by Lean With Me (Smart Little Lena) and out of a Doc Tom Tucker mare, and she can really scoot and get in the ground to turn.

I don't see anything glaringly wrong with him, he does have a long back though but with muscling he will be fine to start on the pattern. I would trot a lot up hills and keep him working round through his topline to build up some muscle. I bet he gets really buff with work. :)
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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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His feet in the 3rd and 4th pictures are in horrible condition. Not sure how recent those are.
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His feet in the 3rd and 4th pictures are in horrible condition. Not sure how recent those are.
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Those pictures aren't recent. I didn't ask for judgement on his hooves anyway. I know they were in horrible condition at that time. We were trying to find a new farrier and a lot was going on, so please, keep your negative comments to yourself.
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Little cow ponies can be really quick on the barrel pattern. My mare is by Lean With Me (Smart Little Lena) and out of a Doc Tom Tucker mare, and she can really scoot and get in the ground to turn.

I don't see anything glaringly wrong with him, he does have a long back though but with muscling he will be fine to start on the pattern. I would trot a lot up hills and keep him working round through his topline to build up some muscle. I bet he gets really buff with work. :)
Thank you :)
I've been trying to get him back in shape and loosing weight the best I can. These pictures aren't the most recent c:
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Those pictures aren't recent. I didn't ask for judgement on his hooves anyway. I know they were in horrible condition at that time. We were trying to find a new farrier and a lot was going on, so please, keep your negative comments to yourself.
No hoof. No horse. That's my critique.
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I didn't ask about his hooves. I asked about his body type with barrel racing. I know his hooves were terrible then. You don't have to remind me.
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OP, keep in mind this is an open forum and ClaPorte is a well respected poster who is only trying to help you. I was going to say something as well but was hoping they weren't recent photos. If I saw you at a race on a horse with those feet I would hand you my farrier's card and say something because bad feet is lameness waiting to happen, and I guarantee you wouldn't of asked me for critique then. Besides, feet are apart of the conformation.

Just something to keep in mind. Negative critique is still critique. I am glad his feet are in better condition now.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Critiques are good AND bad points. If you can't take the bad...dont ask for a critique.

As stated his feet are an issue...glad you're getting them under control.

And yes he is over weight. ...hopefully that's being taken care of as well. Extra weight adds extra stress on joints..tendons and ligaments in an already high intensity sport.

Other than that
Shorter neck
Long back
Weak loin/stifles
Nice shoulder
Low neck tie in
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A horse's feet are a part of a horse's body. We cannot read your mind. If you don't give us a heads up that his feet were long overdue (which should NEVER happen anyway) and you are well aware of it, there is no reason for you to get defensive and angry. Not taking care of a horse's feet is just that. Period.

Overall, I would be most concerned with your horse's weak loin and top line. And heavy weight. Obviously though, those are things that can be improved with fitness.

Other than that, he might be a tad cow-hocked but that's hard to tell with the pictures. But I don't see any huge glaring issues.
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