What is an ideal penning horse build

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    10-19-2012, 05:04 PM
Question What is an ideal penning horse build

What would be the typical and idea size and build for a penning horse?
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    10-19-2012, 05:15 PM
Short legs, short back, definitely not high in the back (my gelding is and it's harder for him to collect and pivot) and that's really all I look for. Although, I incorporate cattle work with all horses I ride because I think it helps them to have "a real job"
    10-19-2012, 05:50 PM
Short and stocky. Nice legs. Short back. The best cattle horses at the jackpots I go to are 14 hands some 15 tops! A well built hind quarter as your best cow horses work from their hind end.
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    10-19-2012, 05:50 PM
Penning horses come in all different shapes and sizes. It is a sport that takes a horse that "wants to". But ideally, not over 15 hands, short strong back, clean solid legs.
Here are 4 different penning horses, all money winners. Three in as high as open level, one is new to the sport this year.

    10-19-2012, 05:52 PM
Sorry some of the pics are so big. One of these horses is barely 14 hands, two are just a bit under 15 hands and one is a bit bigger at just over 15 hands.
    10-19-2012, 07:26 PM
Hm, maybe not the sport for my lanky mare. But I would still like to drive cows and work with them on the farm, seeing as how my grandfather has about thirty head that aren't doing anything
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    10-19-2012, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by BornToRun    
Hm, maybe not the sport for my lanky mare. But I would still like to drive cows and work with them on the farm, seeing as how my grandfather has about thirty head that aren't doing anything
Certainly give it a try. As Stillstandin mentioned, it's more 'will' and 'instinct' than anything else. Everyone loves to use short backed horses, but our long backed mare, Angel, (14.3 hh) is an excellent penner...she is very quick on her feet and loves her job.

    10-19-2012, 10:22 PM
My answer was an ideal, if I set out to buy/ what I already own.
But my sister owns a 16h, 6.5ft (from chest to butt, so he is really long) barely fits in the trailer. And he is an awesome penning horse.
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