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    07-12-2011, 03:14 PM
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Green Broke
Possible barrel prospect?

I have a 4 year old QH filly that I am thinking about using on barrels. Of course, my trainer is telling me no, just for the fact that there are SO many barrel racers out there and it's impossible to get anywhere, but I'd still like to train her for it so she can be just a more all around horse:P He thinks she would be good at it, but yeah.
On her dam's papers, she goes back to Three Bars, Raise A Native (one of only three horses to win the Travlers, Belmont, and Preakness Stakes races...or was that Native Dancer? Either way, there are there hahah); lots of racing on the bottom side, western pleasure and cutting on the top side.
Here is a link to her sire's pedigree La Roan Ranger Quarter Horse

I've been told to look for a horse with racing and cutting, so you get the speed and a horse that really "chases" the barrel.
She is a grade, even though both of her parents are registered QH's. We were new to horses when my mare was bred, and we had no idea the breeder went behind the owners back to breed my horse. So, no stud report was ever filed.

Sorry these pics kinda suck, they were from last year and the only ones I have on this particular computer.
So do you think she looks like she might be good at it?
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    07-12-2011, 03:21 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Not a bad looking horse. LOVE the color She's a little cowhocked in the back but overall has a solid build.
I would try it if barrel racing is what you want to do. Training her for barrels doesnt mean you can't train her for other things as well in case you don't like it later on.
     
    07-12-2011, 03:28 PM
  #3
Banned
I would love to see better pictures, but at the moment I'm drooling. Hella nice barrel prospect.
     
    07-12-2011, 03:47 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Thanks!! She gets that cow-hock from her mom, but it never really seems to bother her. It really isn't as bad as it looks in that picture, she was kinda backing up and turning. :P

OH NO BUBBA13....your going to make me take NEW pictures?? Okayy....just warning you.....hay shortages don't seem to bother this horse XD
     
    08-09-2012, 05:14 PM
  #5
Foal
This looks like a good barrel prospect. It looks like it has great muscle on it which is a good sign. Make sure your vet has checked it for good leg structure. :) I say train her if you want to :)
     
    08-09-2012, 05:54 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Ohhhhhhhh I like her!
     
    08-09-2012, 05:59 PM
  #7
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She's a pretty girl!

I would just caution one thing: not all horses have it in them to be an "all around" type horse. I worked my QH in trail riding, western pleasure, and barrels. He did great on trail, not so great in WP, and okay in barrels, but I found it made him a bit "hot" and we started having issues on trail because he had speed on the brain. I eventually stopped training in barrels, and got my fantastic trail horse back.

Perhaps if I'd tried again once he was a bit more mature (he was 5 at the time I started barrels), things might've been different, but it was more important for me to have a good trail horse than it was to have a barrel or all around horse.

Not saying your girl won't have what it takes to do it all... just that you should decide what's most important to you if one event does end up negatively affecting the others.
     
    08-09-2012, 06:47 PM
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Trained
This thread is over a year old.

And Nikelodeon79, running a 5 year old is what caused the problems. Not the barrels. It takes a good 2 years to train a safe, sane, consistent, reliable barrel horse. Pushing them too hard to fast is what causes a ruined horse. It was wise of you to stop running when you did, before too much damage was done.
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    08-09-2012, 09:10 PM
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Green Broke
Yeah I wasn't expecting replies again O.o hahaha!!

Anyways.....she is on her way to being a great barrel horse after all. She has bulked up since these photos a little more. We have been taking the pattern learning nice and slow and making it fun for her.
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