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    04-27-2013, 09:03 AM
  #11
Yearling
I wouldn't use this filly for more than a play day here and there. Her hind legs will not remain sound if you try and push her to do much more than that. I have been barrel racing for almost 20 years, very successfully a yV. Please educate yourself on what makes a GOOD, WELL CONFORMED barrel horse. Go look at the barrel horses for sale and stud at barrel horse world. You'll see a major difference. I made my mistake and now I have an unsound mare at 20.

To be honest, I would rather see a little too much angulation(ie. Slightly sickle hocked) than not enough. Being too straight through the hock will make for very jarring movement in the hind end, which in turn will produce more concussion on the joints.
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    04-27-2013, 02:05 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kassierae    
I wouldn't use this filly for more than a play day here and there. Her hind legs will not remain sound if you try and push her to do much more than that. I have been barrel racing for almost 20 years, very successfully a yV. Please educate yourself on what makes a GOOD, WELL CONFORMED barrel horse. Go look at the barrel horses for sale and stud at barrel horse world. You'll see a major difference. I made my mistake and now I have an unsound mare at 20.

To be honest, I would rather see a little too much angulation(ie. Slightly sickle hocked) than not enough. Being too straight through the hock will make for very jarring movement in the hind end, which in turn will produce more concussion on the joints.
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I know a good well conformed horse for barrels. That's why I posted this thread because I knew those hind legs were a problem. It wouldn't hurt to just take her slow, like you said a playday horse. There aren't many large rodeos unless they're an hour to two hours away, and I wouldn't haul this particular horse to those. Most likely my mare who can actually run barrels.
     
    04-27-2013, 02:07 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Smokum    
Aww heck she's cute!!
If your mare has the agility she can do barrel racing.

If she learns to hunt those barrels, she's can race'em..

My friend back in the good ol days use to kick all our butts in the barrel ring. We all had awesome Thoroughbreds, Quarter horses & paints..
This girl brought in a gaited Paso cross.... it was 14.1hands & beat us all!! IT WAS A DANG PONY..... IT RAN TOP SPEED 15.5 sec... YEAH 2nd place was my EVERY YEAR!! Reserve champion by a dang pony face >< I ran 15.8.. depressing it was...

But anyways...

My ideal

I like solid bone, thick hoof, stocky, chunk. Short back, low hock, deep heart girth, sloping shoulder.
I ran a 15.3 10 year old retired Thoroughbred & he was hell fire fast but lagged on the turns & It was something I could feel, he wouldnt dig in or hunt barrels & he did it for 4 years. Just a sport he wasnt into but would always get us top 5!

Measure your mare right behind her forelegs and then measure her height.

This is the measurement of her heart girth.
It should be greater than your horses height at any age
The bigger the better for racing!
Thank You, and I shall(: I appreciate this comment(:
     
    04-27-2013, 02:21 PM
  #14
Yearling
I bet she'd make a really cute western pleasure horse, maybe not a "World's" horse, but in that arena there would be far less risk of damaging her joints... She's cute and being palomino she'll catch eyes.
     
    04-27-2013, 02:32 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn    
I bet she'd make a really cute western pleasure horse, maybe not a "World's" horse, but in that arena there would be far less risk of damaging her joints... She's cute and being palomino she'll catch eyes.

I wish we had all those calm sports out here. We don't have a thing. All we have is barrel racing, pole bending, and roping. Not much cutting. You never see a pleasure competition or halter class. I don't know much on pleasure as it is, but i'd for sure send her off to training for it. If I can get her to calm down.
     
    04-27-2013, 02:42 PM
  #16
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She'd be a great parade horse! Very pretty and seems to have a kind eye.

I don't barrel race, so forgive my lack of knowledgeable critique.
     
    04-27-2013, 02:53 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
She'd be a great parade horse! Very pretty and seems to have a kind eye.

I don't barrel race, so forgive my lack of knowledgeable critique.
I'm thinking of trying halter and pleasure with her. Or maybe some small hunter or english classes. There aren't that many shows of that around here. :/ only like two parades a year too. :(
     
    04-27-2013, 03:06 PM
  #18
Yearling
She would make an adorable english pleasure or very low(like 2'-2'3" MAX) hunter. I would not trust those legs for anything strenuous. IMO a horse needing injections at a young-ish(under 15-16) is NOT a sound horse. Also, as I said before I already made that mistake due to lack of knowledge and a little bit of ignorance, and now I have a 20 year old that is only very light riding sound. She has to have a joint supplement or she is dead lame. I am thinking of having her euthed in the fall of this year or next, our winters are hard on her. I will never run a horse with less than stellar legs again, and hers weren't even all that bad. We only ran 5-6 times a year, maybe 7, and only really ran hard from the time she was about 13 to maybe 17. After that I retired her, since her hocks were getting very stiff. This horse is my one in a million horse, and I am losing her way to early because of my ignorance.
     
    04-27-2013, 03:07 PM
  #19
Yearling
Does anyone know if she'd make a good hunt seat or hunter prospect? I'm searching at things in my area.
     
    04-27-2013, 03:08 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kassierae    
She would make an adorable english pleasure or very low(like 2'-2'3" MAX) hunter. I would not trust those legs for anything strenuous. IMO a horse needing injections at a young-ish(under 15-16) is NOT a sound horse. Also, as I said before I already made that mistake due to lack of knowledge and a little bit of ignorance, and now I have a 20 year old that is only very light riding sound. She has to have a joint supplement or she is dead lame. I am thinking of having her euthed in the fall of this year or next, our winters are hard on her. I will never run a horse with less than stellar legs again, and hers weren't even all that bad. We only ran 5-6 times a year, maybe 7, and only really ran hard from the time she was about 13 to maybe 17. After that I retired her, since her hocks were getting very stiff. This horse is my one in a million horse, and I am losing her way to early because of my ignorance.
I see, He said more around the age of needing injections at about 13 or 14. Which is very common. I'd like to try her in some english, which is actually in my area. Though I'd have to train her myself, it is kind of a thing in our family not to send a horse off to a trainer.
     

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