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    07-13-2011, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
Personally, I like him. Worth checking out!
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    07-15-2011, 11:52 AM
I wish I could, but I don't think I can sell my mare. I was going too. Im still going back and forth on it.
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    07-15-2011, 08:46 PM
He looks like a nice horse. His big and his got a whole lot of power on the front and backend of him. I would defiantly check him out and ride him. He will need some training under him. He took the first barrel to wide in the video, but he could make a really good barrel horse.
    07-15-2011, 09:41 PM
I like the way he looks.
However I agree with that the person who is riding him in the video doesn't give me a lot of confidence about the horse. Then again you can't tell a whole lot about a horse just by pictures and a video. You'd have to see and ride him for yourself to get a good feel.

He was a little slow around the barrels, but that could be fixed with more training and conditioning. Overall, I believe he'd be a nice barrel horse.
    07-15-2011, 10:23 PM
Would you sell a horse you've had for 8 years, that's a 2D/3D horse at normal nbha shows and a 4D horse at big shows and state. To take a chance on him?
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    07-15-2011, 10:32 PM
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I think he's a bit too downhill, even for a barrel horse and he seems to throw all of his weight into his front legs while disengaging his behind, you can see this when he stops because his rear seems to pop up a bit instead of him tucking in and sitting into a halt. There seems to be something that hits me as not quite right with his back end, he seems almost stiff and doesn't really reach out with his hind legs. If you watch him in his trot, which they barely trot him, he just looks off in the hind somehow but I can't pinpoint it.

I think if you were to get him I would work on getting his rear end engaged so he can power himself from there instead of trying to lean forward for power... I can see him being successful if he used his body a bit more efficiently, but you can tell the power is there.
    07-15-2011, 11:50 PM
I do agree with you Cinny.
    07-16-2011, 12:05 AM
Anyone want to answer my above question?
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    07-16-2011, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacer86    
Anyone want to answer my above question?
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I think it depends on the horse, his current health and especially how his feet and legs are. Barrel racing can be stressful and I have seen a lot of Barrel racers go downhill around age 10. But I have also seen some keeping thriving at 15....

I think I would also take into consideration the horse itself, does it seem to still enjoy the runs, or does it seem to be getting bored with it?

In my opinion, if your tried and true barrel horse seems to be doing well, and is showing no signs of wear and tear..you may want to keep going with that horse instead of starting over with another that obviously needs a lot of work before competing at any level. But if you are starting to see signs of loss of interest, boredom, or strain anywhere, it may be a good idea to retire the current horse from barrels, or not compete/train as hard in order for the horse to have a longer and happier life... which may mean selling depending on your circumstances or what you want to do. There are many many things you can still do that are just as fun as barrels :)
    07-16-2011, 10:53 AM
Its not the horse losing interest. Its the rider whose outgrown the horse riding wise, and isn't having fun anymore. I would like to have a horse who can be competitive at all shows, anywhere, in any type of footing. Im just attached to this mare, and also have a 2 year old who i'll be able to run in a few years. I've just been going back and forth.
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