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post #21 of 34 Old 12-11-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tiny. Thats kinda where i am in my thinking. Ive seen soo much worse and she's lackin in muscle but she isnt horrible like it seems some people think she is apparently. O-o
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post #22 of 34 Old 12-11-2011, 10:30 PM
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How old is she?? Overall I like her,she does look better in the last pic you posted.Her back is a tad long but not bad, She is common headed,don't see she is posty hocked? biggest thing I noticed is her weak topline. Her topline is reason I asked her age,as that is one thing that an older horse starts to loose/looks weaker.
I think for the things you want to do with her she is going to be good match
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She's only 4 years old. She'll be 5 in Jan. She had een out of work for three months in the first pics because she lost a lot of weight from the stress of moving and had been out in pasture to gain her weight back.
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Shorter stocky limbs with good shorter cannons and strong muscle type. The blade is a touch upright. Back may have a possible forming roach or may not. The croup is a little shorter for a QH. Good deep girth adds strength and short term speed. Rear cannons not quite lining up as expected although that may be an uneven surface. Overall a fairly typical QH type and western discipline should be fine. :)
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post #25 of 34 Old 12-19-2011, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post

However, I disagree that she couldn't have been successful as a barrel racer. I've seen some very good ones with a lot worse conformation than her. The biggest problem with using a less-than-ideal conformed horse for a high impact/high stress sport is that the wear on their body is much more than it is on a horse conformed for the sport.
I'm a bit slow but THAT was why I was saying I can't believe she was used as a barrel horse.

Long-term soundness.

ESPECIALLY as a four-year-old!

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post #26 of 34 Old 12-20-2011, 11:24 PM
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Oh, I understand what you were saying better now...

My question is, if she had been allowed to grow completely before used for barrel racing, would that have helped her long term soundness??
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post #27 of 34 Old 12-20-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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She hadnt been finished. She is patterned but she isnt even competed on yet. She's got a fantastic turn and she's quick on her feet. She was started very slowly and brought up over a few months from what i understand. She's an excellent girl for horsemanship. She's been worked with on her horsemanship more than barrels but she understands them.
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Soen, in this mare's case, it's not so much that she was started early, it's just that she has less than ideal conformation for a sport that puts so much torque on joints, tendons, and muscles. With some of her points already weak, like the straight-ish hocks and the offset knee, asking for that much torque would just put that much more wear and tear on her. Doing anything at a competitive level beyond local shows and such requires a horse to be able to go all out every time and that is hard on a body.

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post #29 of 34 Old 12-21-2011, 12:37 AM
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Okay, thank you, smrobs! That question always nagged at my mind...
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post #30 of 34 Old 12-26-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I finally found my camera. She's soaking wet but i figured youd all be able to see her topline and muscling better in this one since she's been under work for a while and actually has muscle

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