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  • Which neck would belong to an athletic horse?

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    02-25-2014, 06:36 PM
I concur beau159.
Being adventurous is unmistakably the essential factor. I am strongly convinced doing things outside the box is an immense learning experience for both equine and equestrian.
Even if you're not marvelous at it. It's an exhilarating involvement.
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    02-25-2014, 07:05 PM
Originally Posted by FlyGap    
A halter horse can do ok and be athletic if they aren't terribly conformed. Diet has a lot to do with it. My mare is running/halter bred I have to be really careful with her because she'll pack on excessive muscle on AIR.

Thankfully she has enough bone and when in work makes an excellent athletic trail horse and was shown WP before DH bought her.

I would never attempt barrels with her though. She may have the speed, not that I've seen it, does for sure have the agility, but with her heavy build I just wouldn't put that much pressure on her joints. She's too good of a horse in most every other area to risk injuring.

Same as your paint OP, he may be great doing so many other things, I wouldn't risk it.
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I once owned a horse that could daydream about food and rise in fat & Muscle. My pislburry dough-horse. Lol

I indeed would not be competitive enough to qualify in the NFR on a horse that was unsound. However Under the impression that having the ability to blow off steam is a positive I absolutely would barrel race for the simple joy of preforming a new adventure. Even just at a western pleasure jog lol.

The paint in the picture does not belong to me personally. I wish. She is gorgeous!! Her Conformation is absolutely stunning as well.
    02-25-2014, 07:19 PM
Originally Posted by elbandita    
The paint in the picture does not belong to me personally. I wish. She is gorgeous!! Her Conformation is absolutely stunning as well.
Are you talking about this one?

If so, then I guess it depends on what your definition of "stunning" is. Personally, I don't think she's that great. Very fine boned, buck knees, posty hocks, tiny feet, steep croup, diaper butt, weak loin, short neck. Basically nothing about that horse even whispers "athleticism". That's why she's a halter horse and not a performance horse.

BUT, I judge all horses with a working cowboy/horseman's eye. If they won't stand up to hours of hard work daily without breaking down in just a few years, then I've got no use for them.
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    02-25-2014, 07:53 PM
If you want to play that's fine, any horse can play at barrels. My personal experience riding a hypp positive halter bred horse, it felt like I was riding a jack hammer. He wasn't even all bulked up like the horse pictured, just had the extra muscle.
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    02-25-2014, 09:19 PM
SMrobs.. lmao .. diaper butt.. never heard that one before.
That horse has very poor legs. I would never barrel race it, her knees would not last long.
In the old days.. many years ago, before Impressive, you could have a horse win in halter classes that could still be used . I think the halter horse classes need to change what is considered Ideal, and get back to the basics, a good looking horse that can be used.
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