I am a barrel racer so I might want a different built horse then some other QH owners.....
-Good big hip
-Good Slope to there Shoulder
-Level (Not uphill or downhill built)
-Nice even hocks with his knees
-Good neck (not to short or long)
A well rounded horse that I see as Barrel Horse Conformation would be Bully Bullion
-Great Slope to his shoulder
(what you want to see in speed events)
-Nice Big Hip
(power house to really use his hind end)
(keeps him athletic and wouldn't interfere with his performance)
(Able to really reach)
-Nice set neck
-Nice low hocks
(Able to get under himself and work)
(but would like to see his hocks set just a TAD bit more even with Knee)
-I also would like to she a tad bit shorter pastern.
And for a barrel horses there are things you do NOT want....such as a downhill horse. People who say that obviously have never ridden or know how a barrel horse should work. If a horse is downhill what are they going to be working off of more? There front end
so they are not going to be able to get their hind end under themselves they need to to really work around the barrel. And is going to cause their knees to break down a lot faster from the jarring in the long run.
You don't want a long back or a super short back....a long back would be like having a 18 wheeler turn sharp VS a Sports Car turn sharp...the Sports Car is going to turn a lot faster. Same with a short back, a horse with a short back is going to get caught up and loose a lot of bend in their ribcage causing them to run stiff.
So you see the conformation Bully Bullion...now I am going to show you horses with some faults. Now I couldn't find a horse with all of the things or close so will be posting individual photos.... Small Hip
- This horse has a much shorter hip then Bully Bullion does, so would have less power in the Hind End.
This horse has a long back and a small hip... Straight Shoulder-
Which will cause a short choppy stride and a rough ride.
Those are some of the main ones to visualize.....
And I don't really start looking at a young horses conformation till they are at least 2yrs old because then their growing has some what evened out at one point. But I want to see the same as I would in a grown horse....
Hope this helped :)