I don't know much about barrel racing and I'm wanting to sell my mare, so I am looking for some critque on her conformation. I don't know what people are looking for in barrel horse, but she has heart, is crazy fast and spins amazing.
When looking for a barrel prospect, I look for confirmation (age-dependant of course) and for bloodlines. However, I do still consider their training and their personality, as this is a horse I need to get along with. I also consider height. I personally like a long-strided larger horse as I can ride those best in a pattern. That preferance will vary from person to person.
What are her bloodlines?
How tall is she?
Conformation-wise, she doesn't look too bad. Her shoulder is a tad steeper than I like, and her back appears to be just a tad long in comparison to her neck and "back end". And I'd like to see her hindquarter just a bit more rounded. But she has nice straight hocks, low to the ground. And built hindquarters for power needed.
Overall, she looks like she would make a barrel prospect, based on conformation. Not the absolute best conformation I've ever seen, but not bad.
I don't know about her dam's bloodlines, but her sire is DC Bandit, and I know he goes back to Doc Bar. She is 15 and very well seasoned on barrels, however we have been trail ridding for the last 2 years, so she isn't as muscular as she used to be. She is probably 2 or 3 inches shy of 15 hh
She does have a pretty long, weak back though. That, especially her age and riding could start to cause problems for her if you started really competing on her.. She has a scrawny little neck and her whole front end could use more muscling but it's not bad..I don't know if she's standing down hill but if not she's a little butt high.. Her conformation overall isn't that bad but she isn't what I'd pick for a barrel prospect. That doesn't mean she couldn't do it but I wouldn't see her going farther than little local shows or fun shows..
Her sire's bloodlines aren't too shabby either, the only thing I could say is I wish those bigger named horses were closer but she has pretty nice stuff backing her on that side.. Do you know her dam's registration number or name?
Why do you have to sell her as a barrel horse? You said you've been doing trails, why not market her as a trail horse?
If you're serious about getting some bang for your buck, conditioning will always make a horse look better. I'd put her on a higher fat:protein feed and start long trotting her a bunch. Putting on some solid muscle will really increase her eye appeal. Then I'd market her as a trail horse and barrel prospect with pretty color for a youth rider. You could probably get her looking swell with some elbow grease in a month.
She's posted another thread that is the sale ad she may use.. The mare gets hot on trails because the boyfriend lets his horse run when out on the trail. She uses a gag and tiedown just on trails because of the habit..