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post #1 of 9 Old 04-02-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Was thinking of learning to barrel race with this guy

I've heard most barrel racing horses are compact. He is 16 hands. Doesn't have a long body as you can see. How do you think he looks for it?!
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I've heard most barrel racing horses are compact. He is 16 hands. Doesn't have a long body as you can see. How do you think he looks for it?!
btw he was rescued that's why he is a bit skinny. Stilll working on filling him out
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He looks straight in the shoulder, which could decrease his stride length, and his hindquarters look weak compared to the rest of him. Otherwise he looks like a good prospect, can you post some videos of him under saddle?
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He looks straight in the shoulder, which could decrease his stride length, and his hindquarters look weak compared to the rest of him. Otherwise he looks like a good prospect, can you post some videos of him under saddle?
Yeah I need to work on his hindquarters. And suggestions on how to do that? He hasn't been excercised much since he was rescued. Just a lot of trail riding. And I will get some videos up asap.
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Lots and lots of trotting on hills, and work with collection and engaging the hind end should make it stronger.
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He looks straight in the shoulder, which could decrease his stride length, and his hindquarters look weak compared to the rest of him. Otherwise he looks like a good prospect.
Agree!

Riding in hills (if you have them in your area) are great for building up the hind end, as well as backing up.

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Here's a video of my friend riding him. Do not comment on her riding she doesn't ride she was just playing around on him. That is him cantering

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and another of him cantering
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I have been trotting him as much as possible to build up his back, but the lady I bought him from let his hoofs get soooooooo bad that he literally drags them and trips. So I don't want either one of us to get hurt. She says the farrier is coming out the 16th but if he doesn't I'm taking Joker out of there asap. They are cracked about an inch up on each hoof and chipped. My poor baby.
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