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    09-27-2010, 11:31 PM
  #11
Yearling
She looks like she has more "go" than "whoa". Like she may have speed, but not explosive speed and the ability to shut it down, get under herself and turn. I like to see speed horses with well let down hocks for this reason. I'm slightly concerned with her knees and her tendons up front.
For an english discipline she might be perfect.
     
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    09-28-2010, 02:04 PM
  #12
Started
This is just based on the views available, but I have to agree her knees look a little funky, and her hip looks a little short. I would really want to see a shot of her from the front that shows her from chest to feet, and a shot from the back with her tail pulled to the side.
     
    09-30-2010, 12:52 PM
  #13
Trained
Is this mare off the track or bred for the track? She has that classic body type of running thoroughbreds, or at least it looks like that to me.

Any horse can run barrels at low levels, but I don't think this girl is going to be anything special. I do agree with thos eknees though. I'm no conformation expert, but they do look off. Can you get some front and back shots of her?
     
    09-30-2010, 05:04 PM
  #14
Weanling
Thoroughbreds aren't really sought after for the barrel world, I've noticed you seem interested in a off the track horse. But are you just playing with barrels or want to be serious about it? Any breed or horse can compete in the lower levels. But most higher level horses are generally stock breed horses (QH, paints, appys) Their just built for it. As for this horse, I agree with everyone else, she looks like she's supposed to be an english horse
     
    10-01-2010, 09:31 PM
  #15
Weanling
Pretty but to me she looks like a quarter horse with a thoroughbreds legs
     
    10-14-2010, 10:54 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I just wanted to comment that I have a 16.1 APHA gelding and we usually win the 1D at local events and usually end up in the 1D/2D at the bigger things. He doesn't have perfect "quarter horse" confirmation, but he does have very good conformation overall and I have won halter classes with him.

I agree that she does have some faults, but she is also is only 3 years old and will grow some and hopefully fill out some of those faults.

You never know until you try! If you like her personality and think you two will make a good match, I would say go for it.
     
    10-20-2010, 10:20 PM
  #17
Banned
I have a horse running at almost every rodeo right now that had her exact build but a little taller. With the proper training and enough time she could do great, 69 just tears up the course and will run the same pattern everytime no matter who's up there.
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