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    02-16-2012, 05:23 PM
Question Barrel Horse?

Hi, I sold my horse a few weeks ago. I was searching for a new one and I found this girl. A 4 year old, faded black Quarter Horse. I went to ride her and I am in love with her! She just started her training in July and she is already well trained. She walk, trots, canters, and gallops. She moves her butt really nicely around barrels, which makes me think she'd be great for it. This is the only picture I have of her, I know it's not the best but do what you can, please, and thank you!
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    02-16-2012, 07:50 PM
Holy cow she has a nice big butt! I would wait to do barrels on her yet though with her being so young. Give her another year or two of good, strong base training so she doesn't get all hyped up. Does she have the calm temperament and determination to be a barrel horse?
    02-16-2012, 08:51 PM
Thats the first thing I noticed when I saw her! I felt her hindquarters and their like rock solid! When I went to text ride her we went to a few steep hills, and she would stop at the end of the hill and leap from a standstill up the hill, she has extremely strong hindquarters. I do agree on waiting. I'm going to condition her since she does have a big hay belly. She's the smartest horse I have EVER came across, and i've came across alot! Her temprement is amazing for her age. I want to start her on at least walking and trotting the pattern so she sees it and gets to know it. The owner says she see's Lily running around in the pasture and turning around trees, so I think she'd be a great horse for it, I just wasn't sure on her conformation.
    02-17-2012, 12:02 AM
She looks ok from here, but better photos will be needed to make an accurate critique. Ask to test her again, and then take photos of her chest, legs, view from the back, and better side photos.
    02-18-2012, 04:29 AM
Green Broke
You are definitely going to need good conformation pictures to get any good feed back..Just from that one picture she has a long and weak back that is already starting to "sway" slightly at 4 so it's only going to get worse, this could have been caused from riding her too soon too hard. You could improve the look doing a lot of top line exercises but that will just hide the weakness of her back, not fix the problem..
I'm not going to go any farther without better pictures..
    02-19-2012, 09:17 PM
I'd keep looking.
    02-20-2012, 04:14 PM
Okay thanks for your inputs! I'm doing a week trial on her soon just to see if she might have what it takes, but in the mean time I'm still looking around.
    02-20-2012, 04:18 PM
Agree with 1Red and Drum. I'd like to see some better conformation shots but from what is seen here, I would pass.
    02-20-2012, 04:49 PM
Dont do the trial. Youll get attached and talk yourself into buying her regardless of her faults.
    02-20-2012, 04:55 PM
Green Broke
I have to agree wuith 1red and SH... It seems like a situation you'd get yourself into and then end up with a horse that at best will be mediocre and have major back issues down the road.

And I'm sorry but IMO, buying a horse that may mentally have what it takes but physically can't take the stress is just irresponsible and selfish.. If she can't handle it, she can't handle it and you should know that it will just hurt her in the long run. - and that would be your doing.
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