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post #1 of 17 Old 02-18-2012, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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OTTBs as Barrel Prospects

Just opening up a discussion.

Here is an OTTB I was considering for summer project, in the sense I would start riding her lightly during the winter and then roll on her training in the summer, but I don't think it's going to happen since Ruger is showing some serious signs of wanting to be a barrel horse and I want to tap into his talent. I don't have time for four horses, plain and simple...But she is a gorgeous girl and has some serious speed, and the best part is she was dubbed completely and totally sound. She looks fine boned in the picture but in person she's actually pretty well boned.

1st day off the track:




My Mom had an appendix mare off the track a couple years ago. We tried SO MANY bits on her triyng to bring her back under control, and NOTHING worked. Shanks, gags, tiedowns, twisted, chains....We put a tiedown with a snaffle on her and she was the calmest, sweetest, most well behaved horse on the face of the planet. Now THAT was a wierd horse. The tiedown didn't even have to engage and she would immediately be an angel.

A week after we got her:



So what do you guys think? Experiences, good and bad? This thread really has no purpose except I'm a little bored tonight and want to spark a discussion.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-18-2012, 01:45 AM
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The one thing I've found about TB's is they lack the gaskin muscle strength to get their hind leg up under themselves in a turn and really push off. They don't have the explosive speed and strength in a turn a quarter horse (or a TB built like a QH) would have. They also don't have the forearm strength for pulling through a turn.
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*grabby hands* I want her! I love dark bays..what's her pedigree? Look at those LEGS! Very pretty girl, Not really sure about barrels because she does look very fine boned and some OTTBs don't do well with barrels, lack muscle and ability in areas that are needed for barrel horses. While some will..It's an individual horse thing.


I really like her from just that one picture...I could tell you a lot more with good conformation pictures..I don't want to give a critique without better pictures, they could be way off.

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EDIT: Which horse were you talking about, Drum? LOL I just realized you were probably talking about the Appendix mare,



-fetches-

She is a beauty. Her name is Mimi's Latina. She is 9yrs old. It doesn't appear to have anymore actual confo pictures on her album but she's been adopted since I looked at her.

Mimi's Latina-- this little mare had 67 starts with 3 wins, (5) 2nds and (13) 3rd plus retired sound. She will make someone a nice event, dressage, jumper, barrel, gaming, etc horse. She has had time off in pasture and now ready to start her new career in ??? I work with a few haulers and can get you a quote for shipping. She gets along great with other horses.


She is by Latin American out of Mimi's Racine













Look at the REACH on her trot! Hell I would even want her for a chance at a versatility award...she could learn english too!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Holy crow! 67 starts?! That's crazy.

I really, really, like her trot.
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Holy crow! 67 starts?! That's crazy.

I really, really, like her trot.
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I SAID THAT TOO! I mean...DANG! I couldn't believe she was still sound when the owner was telling me about her.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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She must be pretty sturdy then. Either that or they didn't try running her into the ground and she liked racing.
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SH, I'm talking about the first horse.. I like her overall appearence..She stands under herself a little, is a little butt high and her neck ties in to her chest a little odd but most TBs have that "bird like" look to me. She has some very nice straight legs and nice movement in her pictures..She has that very narrow petite build of a TB but I would fatten that girl up..LOL we know I'm a professional fattener of the ponies.

That many starts and she is still sound and has no problems says a lot to me too..She's a sturdy girl..You know I am all about my QHs but I would seriously look at her for a prospect...The only thing that throws me off is that she's already nine, which isn't awful but you get what I'm saying..

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SH, I'm talking about the first horse.. I like her overall appearence..She stands under herself a little, is a little butt high and her neck ties in to her chest a little odd but most TBs have that "bird like" look to me. She has some very nice straight legs and nice movement in her pictures..She has that very narrow petite build of a TB but I would fatten that girl up..LOL we know I'm a professional fattener of the ponies.

That many starts and she is still sound and has no problems says a lot to me too..She's a sturdy girl..You know I am all about my QHs but I would seriously look at her for a prospect...The only thing that throws me off is that she's already nine, which isn't awful but you get what I'm saying..
Yeah I see what you're saying. I honestly wish I had time for her but I don't, trying to figure out where she was sold to because I'd love to keep an eye on her if they were going to retrain and show her.

And Hickory is a prime example of your fattening abilities...
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Found this, bad lighting but I really do like the horse here!


Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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