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post #21 of 29 Old 01-22-2011, 08:17 PM
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I agree.

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post #22 of 29 Old 01-22-2011, 08:21 PM
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I'm glad. On horsechannel- another horse forum- you have to be oh so careful with how you put things, or it will most definetly explode into an arguement. I'm so glad to have found a sane, and reasonable online forum!

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post #23 of 29 Old 01-23-2011, 11:27 PM
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Just my 2 cents.....Ill take a slightly longer backed horse over a short backed horse ANY day.
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post #24 of 29 Old 01-23-2011, 11:45 PM
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Just my 2 cents.....Ill take a slightly longer backed horse over a short backed horse ANY day.
I have one :p

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post #25 of 29 Old 02-14-2011, 12:38 PM
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My mare is only 14h and im 5'1". She is FAST and can really turn!

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post #26 of 29 Old 02-14-2011, 01:50 PM
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my barrel horse is only 14.2 and can keep up pretty well with the larger horses at 4d races. I absolutely love smaller and more stout horses because they seem to really be able to get their hind ends into the ground and are much more snappy around the barrels.

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post #27 of 29 Old 02-17-2011, 12:49 PM
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Height isn't a huge factor. It depends on the heart of the horse and the SPEED that they can complete the pattern.

Sherry Cervi's world-champion mare Stingray is only 14.2 hands. And Sherry is over 6 feet tall! But they obviously work well together and run a very, very nice pattern. And Stingray can boogie! And she gives it her all every run.

When buying a prospect, I'd look more at what her breeding is and what her parents/grandparents have accomplished in the barrel racing world.

Of course, you never know how a barrel prospect is going to do until years and years down the road, but that's the whole point of buying your own prospect vs. a trained finished horse!

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Height isn't a huge factor. It depends on the heart of the horse and the SPEED that they can complete the pattern.

Sherry Cervi's world-champion mare Stingray is only 14.2 hands. And Sherry is over 6 feet tall! But they obviously work well together and run a very, very nice pattern. And Stingray can boogie! And she gives it her all every run.

When buying a prospect, I'd look more at what her breeding is and what her parents/grandparents have accomplished in the barrel racing world.

Of course, you never know how a barrel prospect is going to do until years and years down the road, but that's the whole point of buying your own prospect vs. a trained finished horse!
AGREED!! Not to sound big headed or anything, but Stingray and my little mare are practically identical. I have idolized Sherry and Stingray since day one, that little mare has such a passion for the pattern as well as Sherry.

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post #29 of 29 Old 03-03-2011, 06:44 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it.

Yes, it's true a lot of barrel horses now are pretty big, but I've had my butt whooped by 12hh welsh ponies when I've been on a big 16hh Dash to Fame colt. It all depends on the heart and the build. Obviously a short-strided, irritable and unhappy horse isn't going to make a good barrel horse. But if the little mare has heart and a nice stride it can work amazing wonders!

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