How Is Her Conformation For A Barrel Racer?

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How Is Her Conformation For A Barrel Racer?

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    12-07-2012, 08:02 PM
Question How Is Her Conformation For A Barrel Racer?

This is my 19 yr old mare ginger, that I use for barrel racing and trail riding. Would just like a critique on her conformation.45989_366744076750335_448015329_n.jpg



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    12-07-2012, 09:54 PM
Would like a conformation critique
    12-13-2012, 12:52 AM
First Picture, I can only see one of her Hocks.

Second Picture, She looks to have powerful backend.

Third picture, I can't see her feet.

Fourth Picture, She looks toed out.

I don't think confirmation really matters in barrel racing.. I've seen a horse with 2 club feet run in the 14's with ease. He was fast as Lightning, though.
    12-13-2012, 02:19 AM
Comformation absolutely DOES matter in barrel racing if you plan to not end up with a lame horse. It is an extremely high impact sport. Horses get hurt and go lame all the time and all measures need to be taken to prevent that.

She does toe out, particularly in the left front. Could just be how she is standing.

She has a steep shoulder angle which will make it harder for her to cross that front end over.

Her hip isn't huge and it's got some steep angles as well. I'd like to see it a little rounder but it is nicely muscled it appears so far so I don't think you'll have to worry too much for local shows or races.

Whithers are a little high

Fetlocks are pretty sturdy and the bone is good. She looks great for her age!
    12-13-2012, 02:27 AM
I think we need some better pictures of the full horse squared up to do a full conformation tear down.

From what I see, she has some pretty high withers and is lacking a little in the hind end with a steep shoulder.
That's all I can say from this, and I am basically echoing what SorrelHorse said.

Also conformation is SO important in barrel racing that it's not a laughing matter.

One flaw in the barrel horse's conformation can lead to early retirement as well as lots of pain later on. I am speaking from personal experience.
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    12-13-2012, 03:01 AM
I don't see the need for a halter bred horse to be a barrel racer, but a horse that is correct enough to run can race barrels.

I wouldn't ride a horse with awful conformation, let alone run barrels on it, but most horses at local shows aren't anything special..

Not saying this horse has awful conformation.. The second Picture, she looks really good, actually. I also don't see the high withers.. I think, she is just standing funny in that picture.
    12-16-2012, 12:29 PM
I can get better pics when the rain lets up around here. Been raining for three days straight and my mares will be looking for a good brushing in a day or two lol
    12-17-2012, 05:08 PM
I wouldn't ride a horse with awful conformation, let alone run barrels on it, but most horses at local shows aren't anything special..
Then why did you say conformation isn't important...?
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    12-17-2012, 06:13 PM
^ My question
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    12-17-2012, 07:55 PM
don't see the need for a halter bred horse to be a barrel racer
Good because a true halter bred horse wouldn't make it far in the barrel world. IMO its to much of a high impact sport for their joints.

I also would like to know why you think that if someone is in 4-H (a local show) that their horse doesn't have good conformation. Just because someone is in a local show does not mean their horse doesn't have a good conformation. Or "isn't anything special"
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