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    09-17-2010, 12:46 PM
  #21
Yearling
How does training have anything to do with it? A quarter horse is a quarter horse for a reason...they are more athletic in certain things. Obviously you can't train a QH that is 14.2hh to outjump a natural 17hh TB, just like you can't train a 17hh TB to turn a barrel faster than a 14.2hh QH. That just doesn't make sense! Someone correct me if I'm wrong!

A QH is a QH for a reason, they are the fastest horse in the quarter mile while a TB with a longer stride is the best endurance horse. But a QH will smoke a TB in the quarter mile. Quarter horses are the fastest horses top speed wise. Therefore in something like barrel racing where its quick sprints, they should be the fastest horse for the sport IMO.
     
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    09-17-2010, 12:51 PM
  #22
Started
Training comes into play when you factor in ALL the elements of a barrel run. Yeah, you have to run, but you also have to collect, rate and turn. I'm not saying any BREED is better than any other, I'm saying big horses can do it if they have the desire and the training.
     
    09-17-2010, 07:50 PM
  #23
Started
Big horses can do barrel just as easy as the little ones. Look at the NFR winner Brittnay Pozzi, her horse Stitch (that won her the NFR) was 16 hands tall. Lindsay Sears winning NFR horse Martha is 16 hands tall. My barrel trainers best barrel horse was 16.2 hands tall and he broke arena records on small and standard patterns. Brenda mays 1D pro rodeo NFR horse, Jethro, is 16 hands tall, or taller. These horses are all beating those little 14 hand horses so ya, you can train a big horse to turn a barrel just as good if not better than a little horse.
     
    09-18-2010, 03:00 AM
  #24
Weanling
Bigger horses have a longer stride, so they take up more ground between barrels. And I'm not talking about TB, i'm thinking big QH. If trained right to use their body a big horse can easily turn just as good as a little horse. When I had my 16 hand mare I noticed she didn't turn as tight as my little mare but she turned amazing well for a horse her size. My little mare on the other hand can circle a barrel without another inch of room to spare between it. But she's small, has a long stride for a little horse, but she really has to haul a** between barrels. I have no real opinions on whose better, I see big horses win and sometimes I see some ponies outrunning all the horses. Yes ponies, 13 -14 hh ponies. I do think though that smaller horses make better pole horses.
     
    09-18-2010, 08:21 AM
  #25
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Originally Posted by aforred    
Training comes into play when you factor in ALL the elements of a barrel run. Yeah, you have to run, but you also have to collect, rate and turn. I'm not saying any BREED is better than any other, I'm saying big horses can do it if they have the desire and the training.
And desire will play a huge factor. My daughter rides a 4th generation bred Rafter M gelding. Dash of a Jet, is kicking butt in local area shows his first season out. But guess what? Sheldon is in the arena but not running barrels he is being shown in classes My daughter is going to start showing him English next summer.
     
    09-18-2010, 11:32 AM
  #26
Green Broke
Hahahahaha Hunter is QH cross and just under 14 hands and just turned 3. Boy what a shrimp lol
     
    09-18-2010, 09:00 PM
  #27
Foal
My AQHA is 16.2h . He ropes and runs barrels. He's a Skipper W gelding. My friend has an APHA gelding that sticks at 17 h.
     
    09-18-2010, 10:17 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by mliponoga    
17hh Quarter Horses??? Had to have a lot of TB in him...I don't run barrels but my girlfriend does, her mare is in between 15.1 and 15.2 and she has asked me a couple times to use my mare for barrels who is 14.3.

I know a few QH who are close to or are 17 hands
     
    09-18-2010, 10:18 PM
  #29
Foal
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Originally Posted by Hunter65    
Hahahahaha Hunter is QH cross and just under 14 hands and just turned 3. Boy what a shrimp lol
I had a straight QH who was 14.2 at 3 years old and was 16.1 by the time he was 6
     
    09-19-2010, 12:22 PM
  #30
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by JekkaLynn    
I had a straight QH who was 14.2 at 3 years old and was 16.1 by the time he was 6

Oh that is so encouraging, I am so hoping Hunter will grow more.
     

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