Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Arabs tend to be easy keepers, so I'm rather shocked at how underweight that guy appears to be. Unless he's just recently been upgraded and didn't previously have enough to eat, there's something wrong with him.
No way would I even TRY to ride that poor bony thing, much less think I could barrel race with him. A half-starved horse isn't going to have the same temperament as one in good weight, so the way he's acting now may have absolutely nothing to do with his real personality.
I'd be asking some hard questions of the sellers, concentrating on his feed schedule, and when the last times were when he was wormed and had his teeth floated.
Once he's back up to a good weight is when you can consider his ability/temperament for barrel racing, as well as properly fitting him for a saddle.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!