Originally Posted by BarrelRacing10 View Post
.....the filly has experience and can make the turns, but I wanted to make sure she has the right conformation before I started training her hard core.....
Btw if you don't mind, could you explain to me why you picked which horse and explain the high and low points of them??
I havent ever looked at barrel horse conformations.
So I guess I am just curious how you don't know anything about what a barrel horse should look like yet you plan on training it yourself? I mean nothing rude by the question; just an honest question!
Based on confirmation ALONE and nothing else (certainly not the only thing you should base a barrel prospect purchase on), I would choose the first horse. He has nice rounded hindquarters, a short balanced back, low-set hocks, and just looks nice.
The 3-year-old is young, yes, but if you say she hasn't changed much in conformation, I wonder how well she would fill out to look more barrel-horse-like. In the photo, her hindquarters are not near as muscled or rounded as you want, and her neck ties in thick to her body.
However, you need to keep in mind that the gelding is already 12 years old. It takes anywhere from 2 to 4 years to have a 100% finished barrel horse. So you need to ask yourself what your long-term goals are and what you want to achieve.
What are the pedigrees on both of the horses? Pedigree isn't everything, but it is certainly something to consider. Who has more speed in their bloodlines?