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post #11 of 29 Old 11-14-2010, 01:35 PM
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I had a rope horse (QH) who was barely 14h and was built like a tank but you couldn't out run him, he would be right at the top with the 16h Dash For Cash bred Barrel Horses. I don't care what height they are, if they can drop their head and know how to stride out and run height makes no difference.

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post #12 of 29 Old 11-14-2010, 09:30 PM
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I wouldn't ride her at that age. But hight isn't a factor, I have a 14hh barrel horse placing 1D-4D (depending on the race) I also have a friend with a 13.2hh pony that usually places 3D-4D and does really well.
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one of my barrel horses is only 14.2 hand and we do just find i mean we never got first but third and fourth every time and we are still goin atter, if your horse can run and you can get her bending aroung the barrels and and making good pockets a would say you should do just fine:)
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You have to take into consideration what size pens you're going to be mostly running in. Around here, they are mostly small pens so I try to stay away from the bigger horses. There are exceptions to everything, but generally a smaller horse will fair better in a smaller pen and a bigger horse in a bigger pen.

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that should be fine if you don't have an EXTREMELY heavy saddle. And assuming the horse doesn't havea very long back. The shorter the back the stronger.

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A short back doesnt nec mean a "stronger" back. A horse with a longer back will have a harder time rounding and collecting than one with a shorter back. But, a super short back really isnt desirable either.

But, like I said..there are exceptions to everything. I know of some long backed horses that are 1D horses.

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A short back doesnt nec mean a "stronger" back. A horse with a longer back will have a harder time rounding and collecting than one with a shorter back. But, a super short back really isnt desirable either.

But, like I said..there are exceptions to everything. I know of some long backed horses that are 1D horses.

Well obviously there are exceptions, and too short a back isn't good either. However, the longer the back, the weaker it is. If a horse has a decently long back then it's harder for said horse to hold the riders weight, and they're more likely to have a sway. And at a younger age. Shorter backs also help the horse engage it's hind end more around the turn rather than swinging it out.

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Well obviously there are exceptions, and too short a back isn't good either. However, the longer the back, the weaker it is. If a horse has a decently long back then it's harder for said horse to hold the riders weight, and they're more likely to have a sway. And at a younger age. Shorter backs also help the horse engage it's hind end more around the turn rather than swinging it out.
Maybe if the horse has an extreme long back it *may* be weaker, but as long as the horses spine is closed, I have a hard time believing a horse with a slightly long back has a weaker back than any other average horse.

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Well no, not if the horse has a slightly long back, but if it's quite long it will(IMHO). Maybe this is just an english thing, and I come from the english world, but I suppose that's just my opinion.
No need to start arguements :] I respect your opinion, as I hope you do mine.

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Well no, not if the horse has a slightly long back, but if it's quite long it will(IMHO). Maybe this is just an english thing, and I come from the english world, but I suppose that's just my opinion.
No need to start arguements :] I respect your opinion, as I hope you do mine.
No areguments here =) I was just sayin my opinion

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