She is a bit over at the knee and she could use shoes on her front feet. She looks like she is a bit underslung at the heel and the feet are chipped.
As to barrel racing.. how tall is this horse? She just does not look like a barrel racing prospect to me at all. Too long in the body really.. and not enough engine. A barrel horse needs to be as supple as an accordion.. able to collect and extend and drive forward like a small jet. That is why smallish (15hh) Quarter Horses with big rear ends tend to excel at this sport.
I could see this horse doing lower level dressage.. maybe doing 2'6" jumping and trails most certainly. I do not see her EXCELLING at anything (tho with the right attitude some horses excel anyway).
I have worked for a Thoroughbred breeder foaling mares (2011 NYS Breeder of the year in fact). I can tell you that this horse, unless she is Black Type, is NOT A BREEDING PROSPECT. Her rear end is not good enough and her coupling is not good enough and her top line is not good enough.
It must be realized that of all the Thoroughbreds hitting the ground, only 3% actually race successfully (either steeplechase or flat). It is those that should be bred. Every other Thoroughbred has to find another job. There are lines that do excel at hunter/jumper, Point to Points, three day and so forth.. and SOME of those are breeding worthy for sure.
All the rest? NOT. This horse, while nice enough, is NOT THAT NICE and is part of 'all the rest' and not a breeding prospect. You can buy much better (and sometimes rescue much better) for way less than the cost of breeding/foaling, raising a foal from this one.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
) Dinosaur Horse Trainer
Last edited by Elana; 12-05-2012 at 08:18 AM.