Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr
If you care for your horse they won't get crippled....it is the weekend warriors who grab their horses and decide to run them without properly training them for it. THAT is where you get issues and ruined horses....not from barrel racing itself.
Exactly! Barrel racing is strenuous work and these horses need to be legged up, you can't just pluck them out of the pasture, run them and expect them to hold up. THAT's how "barrel horses" end up crippled. Same can be said for eventers, jumpers, reiners, any strenuous discipline.
To the OP, what level are you wanting to show? If you just want to do low-level, fun shows...your horse (conformation wise) can do pretty much anything from barrels to reining to HUS. It depends how far you want to go with it. Typically, any horse can do any discipline low level...get some better pictures (side shots with the horse squared up) and ask for a confo critique/what he'd be good at. The right conformation (for the discipline), attitude and training is what makes a horse great at it.