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    08-11-2011, 11:42 AM
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Weanling
potential as a barrel horse?

She's not started on barrels which is what I was looking for, but its not a problem either. I want something that can be competitive on a bigger show level. But based on conformation how does she look, and her riding around.
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    08-11-2011, 11:49 AM
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Eh, I think she is a nice horse but she is very base narrow. She has some skinny looking pasterns that might not hold up to the wear and tear. Plus, she is only 14.3...my perfect height for a riding horse but to win in the bigger divisions, you are going to be up against horses that have a bigger stride.

I would personally pass on her and keep looking. She looks like she's got a really good start on her and turns well.
     
    08-11-2011, 08:15 PM
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Green Broke
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Plus, she is only 14.3...my perfect height for a riding horse but to win in the bigger divisions, you are going to be up against horses that have a bigger stride.
I completely disagree with that statement. Sherry Cervi's horse, Stingray, the 2010 WPRA world champion is only about 14.3 hands tall. Height means nothing. Speed and heart do.


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She has some skinny looking pasterns that might not hold up to the wear and tear.
But I do partially agree with this statement. It's not so much that she has skinny pasterns, but they are indeed long pasterns. Not so much in back, the fronts do look a bit long.

She is also a bit narrow but she is only 4. She's probably finally close to her height (if anything, she might squeak out to 15 hands .... never know) but I doubt she's the width she's going to be. She'll fill out some more.

I would like to see her hocks lower to the ground. They're higher than I would look for in a barrel horse. And it may be the way she is standing, but in the "butt shot" she looks cow-hocked.

I would also like to see more rounded hindquarters. She's okay, not bad, but if I was looking for a serious competitor, I'd want more rounded muscling.

She's not a bad looking horse by any means, but those are some of the things I noticed.

In the video, she seems to move nicely and is quiet with a kind eye. I do wish the rider would ask for some collection on her trot though. Her nose is sticking out and her head up and back hollowed. Even when she backed her, she didn't even bring her nose in until the very end there. But those are all training issues that can ultimately be fixed.

Breeding-wise, she's okay. I'm not at all familiar with the great-grandsire Kaskaskia and didn't come up with substantial records, but the other 3 sire lines go back to some "name brand" lines.

Personally and honestly, if I was looking for a top-of-the-line horse that was going to place at the big big barrel shows .... I probably would pass on her.

But you can always still look at her. Photos and videos can't make up for seeing her in person.
     
    08-11-2011, 08:37 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
I completely disagree with that statement. Sherry Cervi's horse, Stingray, the 2010 WPRA world champion is only about 14.3 hands tall. Height means nothing. Speed and heart do.




But I do partially agree with this statement. It's not so much that she has skinny pasterns, but they are indeed long pasterns. Not so much in back, the fronts do look a bit long.

She is also a bit narrow but she is only 4. She's probably finally close to her height (if anything, she might squeak out to 15 hands .... never know) but I doubt she's the width she's going to be. She'll fill out some more.

I would like to see her hocks lower to the ground. They're higher than I would look for in a barrel horse. And it may be the way she is standing, but in the "butt shot" she looks cow-hocked.

I would also like to see more rounded hindquarters. She's okay, not bad, but if I was looking for a serious competitor, I'd want more rounded muscling.

She's not a bad looking horse by any means, but those are some of the things I noticed.

In the video, she seems to move nicely and is quiet with a kind eye. I do wish the rider would ask for some collection on her trot though. Her nose is sticking out and her head up and back hollowed. Even when she backed her, she didn't even bring her nose in until the very end there. But those are all training issues that can ultimately be fixed.

Breeding-wise, she's okay. I'm not at all familiar with the great-grandsire Kaskaskia and didn't come up with substantial records, but the other 3 sire lines go back to some "name brand" lines.

Personally and honestly, if I was looking for a top-of-the-line horse that was going to place at the big big barrel shows .... I probably would pass on her.

But you can always still look at her. Photos and videos can't make up for seeing her in person.
I did notice her long pasterns. Id like a taller horse, but 14.3 would be fine im short. I agree I don't think she's filled out yet, but with all the TB Idk how wide she'll be. She's a thought, im shopping around.

Did you ever look at this guy im considering? Id like your thoughts on him if you don't mind.

Http://www.horseforum.com/barrel-racing/what-do-you-think-him-potential-91400/
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    08-15-2011, 06:31 PM
  #5
Weanling
Id pick this mare over the bay.

Beduino horses are fast..SS horses are fast...this mare should be epically fast.

With that being said..Id like to see a few different thinks in her confo...but mostly she just needs to bulk up. Send her to me and ill do it ;)
     
    08-15-2011, 08:42 PM
  #6
Weanling
I want to go see her at least =) that's just a long drive but she might be worth it
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    08-16-2011, 10:00 AM
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Weanling
I think you should.

Just be aware that she's bred hot...so youll most likely have to take things slow.

Alot of foundation training...and alot of seasoning. I like her.
     
    08-16-2011, 10:26 AM
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Weanling
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I think you should.

Just be aware that she's bred hot...so youll most likely have to take things slow.

Alot of foundation training...and alot of seasoning. I like her.
Hot might be an upgrade. My mare is calm usually but she can be an a hole at times. And. Hyper. And my filly, well she just has an evil streak in her somewhere.
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    08-16-2011, 10:30 AM
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Weanling
LOL...well....this mare will be undoubtedly fast....when you look at her pay special attention to her trainability/mind...and her movement
     
    08-16-2011, 10:36 AM
  #10
Weanling
I will, I like willing horses even if they have a few issues. Just like my filly, smart as can be just mean. I hope her meanness pays off somehow.
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