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post #1 of 5 Old 12-22-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for in a barrel horse ?

I just got my newest edition Camanche and am thinking about doing barrels with him . I personally have never done barrels before , but am wanting to learn as well. I don't know what to look for in a barrel horse and what is good and what's not ? Here are some pics I have of my boy , let me know what ya'll think or what I should be looking for ! Thanks !! (Sorry I know he is dirty in some of these , but he loves rolling in the mud and it's to cold to wash him off)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-22-2012, 06:55 PM
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What to look for in a barrel horse, Short back. Longer underline. Low set hocks and knees. Sloped shoulder You want an overall balanced look. Any horse can barrel race but the ones built for it and going to be the ones who hold up longer and do better. A lot also depends on if your horse even wants to do barrels. As for both of you, your pictures aren't the greatest to judge conformation but given i don't see why he couldn't barrel race. Really your best bet on getting started would be to find a trainer to work with both of you. You will progress faster and enjoy it more in the long run.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-22-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ok , thanks ! I will try to post some better pictures . I am waiting on the weather to get a little better so I can go out there , it's muddy and nasty right now !
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-23-2012, 12:08 PM
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I would just get used to him first-see how he responds to your aids, bits, etc. Any chance he's gaited? Since a teen-ager had him previoulsy, he may know the pattern-LOL.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-23-2012, 05:17 PM
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nothing about this horse says "barrel horse"

However, if you just want to play at local races and gymkhanas, there is no reason you can't. He may not be the most "dig in and turn" type of horse, or the cattiest QH out there, but I bet you could manage it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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