Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
This is what I personally like.....
CONFORMATION: Big Hip, Sloped Shoulder, Shorter Back, Long Underside, Big deep Girth, Straight legs, good bone, good sized feet, nice neck, neck ties in well, level (not up or downhill if mature).
TEMPERMENT: I don't like hot horses but I don't like dead heads either. I want a horse that can THINK and PROCESS before reacting and not just blow up, ect. I don't want a horse that has a meltdown over little things or a horse that doesn't seem to really care what they are doing because they never react.
ATTITUDE: I want a horse with HEART and one that WANTS to do it's job, that puts everything they have and gives you it all when you run. I don't want a horse who doesn't have the drive or enthusiasm when working.
BREEDING: You always here some people say "you don't ride the papers"...well 98% of the top/successful barrel horses are bred out the behind with proven lines. Bloodlines might no play out in some cases but if they are out of proven parents the throw proven babies. Your chance of having a horse that succeeds in the barrel pen is a lot higher. But I have seen people with mutt bloodlines succeed.
I also stay with mainly stock breeds, I want my bloodlines Run/Cow. I don't want a horse who is bred Run top and bottom or a horse breed work top and bottom. I want run on one side and work on the other, because you get both run and turn. With all work you have turn but you don't usually have the speed between the barrels. And with all run you get hotter horses that you really have to drill rate into their head because they are so forward momentum bred.
BUILD: I want my horses stocky and between 15-15.3 hands....I personally prefer that range and don't am not a fan of shorter or bigger horses. But that is just a personal preference.
I think that is everything........this was a quick post so I am sure I am forgetting a few things. If I remember I will add them.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.