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.
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.