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post #1 of 30 Old 06-27-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Opinions on Barrel Horse I am Considering $$

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I am looking at a 9 year old Quarter Horse mare. I will be going to see her Friday hopefully. She has been running barrels and poles at local races. A few recent times on the barrels were 16.8, 16.9, and 17.0. Here is part of her description:

She was started by Barbra Hodges and Flint lee for cutting and reining competed once. Then sat for a few years. I trail rode her for a year, then started we on barrels spring of 2010, she's running 2D-3D times (19s on a larger pattern) then started her on poles spring of 2011 she's running 1D-3D times. She also loves to go swimming, carries a flag, move things on her, ride double, trails, camps, right now I have a girl whose only been riding for a year on her and she listens to her and runs the same pattern everytime. She doesn't have I be consistently rode. Just pulled he out warm her up and your good to go!

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They are asking $7500. I am wondering what you guys think about her and the price. I am not sure how much negotiating room I would have if I do decide to make an offer. Any opinions are greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-27-2012, 08:14 PM
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She sounds like an excellent horse to me, safe and a 1D horse that does all sorts of cool stuff like carrying flags and swimming? I would snatch her up.
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Honestly Im curious she's running 1D to 3D times? So depending on the shows she can be the fastest or 1 to 2 seconds off. Thats not consistent and her times could be good or bad depending on the size of the arena. How is she bred? She's a nice looking mare I'm just not sure of her price.
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post #4 of 30 Old 06-27-2012, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses guys. I am wondering about her price and her times as well. If you have any suggestions on what you think about what would be a price that might be worth offering.

Here is the link to bloodlines: Rk Maza Dee Quarter Horse

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I would snatch her up, too! She just needs hours on the pattern to get more consistency. If she just started running the pattern, then she won't be very consistent right away. (All horses go through that rough patch.) If you get her and start running with her, chances are, next year both of you will be extremely consistent and be placing in the 1D, because she definitely IS capable of that.
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Her bloodlines are okay, her sire's side is a little better than her dam's.. I do like the cow bred and running bred mix though, usually a really nice cross.

It doesn't matter if she's running 14s to 20s..It's the size of the pattern, not just the time of the run. I can go run a little pattern and run a 15-16 then go to a bigger pattern and run anywhere from a 16-18.. It just depends, it's not a one size fits all type deal..and if she's running the same pattern, 1D-3D times she's not consistent at all.

Those are some biiig pockets that girl is setting her up for..Over all she seems nice, That pattern isn't that big and she ran a 19something. She seems pretty automatic, that girl riding her needs to concentrate on riding her more than whipping her.. That big circle before running the pattern isn't needed either, a simple little slow loped circle is plenty before sending her...Those big pockets worry me a little, I understand setting up and giving plenty of room but that's a looot of pocket, the horse could possibly be a diver and she has to hold her off like that...Now I'm just rambling, giving my thoughts about her.

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I would snatch her up, too! She just needs hours on the pattern to get more consistency. If she just started running the pattern, then she won't be very consistent right away. (All horses go through that rough patch.) If you get her and start running with her, chances are, next year both of you will be extremely consistent and be placing in the 1D, because she definitely IS capable of that.
The OP said that the mare has been on the pattern since spring of 2010..If she's still not consistent then something is being done wrong.

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I would snatch her up, too! She just needs hours on the pattern to get more consistency.
Hours on the pattern aren't a way to get consistency, it's a way to make a horse sour..Consistency comes with time and seasoning..Not time spent running the pattern over and over again.

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Thanks for the replies. They are really helping. DrumRunner, I especially appreciate you taking the time to give some feedback on her. I am interested in her, and I have not met the girl riding her yet. Only talked on the phone so not sure about her experience level. I would be interested to see how the horse runs with someone else (ie me haha) and correcting a few things like the large pockets. It might be a rider issue holding her a back a bit.

I am interested in her and it seems that there is some good feedback here too. I will be interested to meet both of them.
I still feel like $7500 is a bit high and would want to make a lower offer. I guess we'll see if I even like her on Friday.
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It could very well be just rider issues, when she's running barrels the girl is concentrated on whipping instead of using her hands correctly. Even when going to the third barrel she's holding the saddle horn the whole stretch.. Just little things like that jump out at me. If possible I would try to ride her a few times, not just once. Horses can also vary a lot when it comes to riding in different places..The girl seems like she definitely knows how to ride, she's just more of a "get the mess done" than being correct in all of her movements.. There's nothing wrong with that at all, I just like being correct in everything instead of balls to the wall craziness and hoping you do good..

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