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    12-02-2013, 05:02 PM
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Hi, I got this horse last May and was wondering what you guys thought about him being a barrel horse. He's is a reg. QH but has some Thoroughbred in him so kinda an Appendix. He is about 15'2 hands tall, he's only 5 years old. He has three bars in him. I also have a video of him pole bending at his first show. Just conformational wise and anything else you can think of.
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    12-02-2013, 05:04 PM
Well this was his second show
    12-02-2013, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
Can't really tell too much about conformation during a pole bending video. We'd need standing-still photos from each side, front, and back.

Your stirrups are too short. Lengthen them a hole.

Use your body to cue him through the poles. You are pulling on his mouth with your hands, like your other barrel video. Your hands should only be there as a guide.

Shorten your reins. They are too long.

Has he ever had his teeth checked? He shakes his head quite a bit throughout the run. It could be that he's frustrated at your hands pulling on him, but he could also have pain there too.

I'm posting this video so you can watch the rider's hands. While she does hold her hands higher than most people, look at how little they move. And watch what she is doing with her body. Yes, this is a fantastic pole run and not everyone is going to look like that. But this should give you an idea to keep your hands quieter, and keep your body more stable.

I think you've got a nice horse on your hands there. We just have to make some tweaks to your riding.
    12-02-2013, 09:16 PM
The other photos wouldn't post and yes we had them floated about 5 months ago. And it wasn't my saddle I was using and could not drop the stirrups otherwise I would of I hate riding like that :p but oh well. And yes this was the same day of the other video and I use my legs to move him not sure how to do it with my body I'll try to get the photos to post
    12-02-2013, 09:28 PM

    12-02-2013, 09:29 PM
For my opinion, refer to Beau's post above. It's a good one.

One other question- what kind of bit are you riding him in during that pole run? It kind of looked like a curb to me, but I couldn't really see it that well.
    12-02-2013, 09:43 PM
Yes, I did I will surly work on it I for sure no that's one of my biggest problems just can't figure out how to correct it. Just a snaffle bit for him.
    12-02-2013, 09:57 PM
Green Broke
Conformation pics, I don't see any huge glaring problems (although they aren't the best confo pictures). I'd like to see his hocks a little bit lower to the ground. In the last picture, his hooves look way long. Teensy bit long in the back, and his throatlatch looks skinny? (maybe the best way to describe it) Head is a typical "horse" head and nothing super pretty.

But all in all, not a bad looking horse.

Can you post a picture of the bit you use on him? Not saying you are, but some people are confused on what the word "snaffle" means. It looks like you are using a shanked bit on him in the video, but it is hard to tell.

And I don't see why your excuse is valid for the stirrups being too short because it wasn't your saddle. If you can take the time to adjust the cinch and saddle to your horse, then you can surely take an additional 10 seconds to properly adjust the stirrup length. Not an excuse. If you want to do a good job on the poles with him then you need to set yourself up for success.
    12-02-2013, 09:58 PM
Is a snaffle a bad thing to use or should I get something else?
    12-02-2013, 10:02 PM
Ill post some better pics on him thanks tho! & the bit. Yeah the last photo was the day we got him and he was ankle deep in mud so we couldn't see his hooves we got him at an auction. The saddle thing it was a cheepo saddle and if I adjusted the stirrups longer the Blevins Buckles would cut the leather strap attaching to the girth and I honestly did not want to do poles girth-less. D:

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