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        01-08-2013, 11:05 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Specific training- no not really.. he raced a few times, then went to a barrel trainer who practically ruined him almost. He would rear up in the gate and jump the barrels. My friends mom bought him and brought him down from his crazy self, but he had always been extremely hard mouthed. No amount of softening helped, he just wanted to GO. But as far as conformation went, not really. I kept him in good shape through drill teaming. It was also VERY hard to get a saddle to fit him, he was narrow and long, plus had wretched high withers:P

    Bit- I rode him in a shanked chain bit. Now, I certainly would not recommend this bit, but being how hard mouthed he was it was what worked best for him. He'd toss his head everynow and then, but he was an exciteable guy!:P I tried riding him in a snaffle, to which he grabbed a hold of it like a racer and took off with me. I did in fact ride him with a tie down, and I will be the first to admit it wasn't for "balance" (although he always ran better without it and did lean on it) or anything, plain and simple his ears could easily poke my eyes out. No amount of softening worked on him, and there isn't much 14 year old me knew about that. That's kinda where his ugly neck came from, but it was also just conformational.

    This big old guy never had a lame day. He certainly wasn't the best looking horse, but he had a soft and trying heart. I was ready to get competitive with him at the 21 when he suddenly passed away due to complications from choking. He was still running wicked fast times, and I never even pushed him as hard as I could at that point..And, this horse had a lope like no other. It was SMOOTH. Trotting was the worst on him, but his lope was smooth as butter!! He was fast as all get out, lots of GO and not enough WHOA;)
         
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        01-08-2013, 11:49 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    He's not long in the back. His back length is fine. What he does have is a pretty straight shoulder. This usually means a chopping ride and a shorter stride. He has a weak rear end, but this may improve some with work when he starts building some muscle. His legs look good. Since the scar isn't on a joint, I wouldn't worry about it affecting his performance if he's sound on it. I don't like the way his neck is set. Appears to be conformationally high headed. I prefer a naturally low headed horse.

    Not a bad looking horse. IMO the two most bothersome things to me as a barrel propspect is the shoulder and the weak rear end. He is not something I myself would have picked out as a barrel prospect, but conformation doesn't define a 1D horse. It also depends on what level of competition you're looking to get into.
         
        01-09-2013, 11:30 AM
      #13
    Foal
    One Fast Horse, Thanks for the comment! I thought the same thing about his rear end until I went and saw him, he is acually very stocky. I don't know if this is an old pic of him (this was the pic on his ad), but he is much stocker. In fact when I saw him I almost got depressed becasue I was hoping he would have been narrower like this pic suggests, but he is cow horse stocky. I am thinking that maybe with regular exercise he is going to lean out. I am going to post a new pic when I get home, I had to go to Minnestoa (i am from Texas) to be with my fiance during kidney surgrery.
         
        01-10-2013, 01:06 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I'm excited to see him!:)
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        03-14-2013, 04:40 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Go Geter Dunn aka Dunn

    So I posted awhile back about my new AQHA baby Dunn. I said I would post new pictures and now I have finally gotten around to it, so with these new pics could you grade his conformation for an appendix quarter horse, an possibly a future barrel racer. I have just stared him under saddle and he is doing great, he can walk/trot, stop, back and is starting to neck rein, with only a month of work, and being a seven year old never ridden.
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        03-14-2013, 05:04 PM
      #16
    Foal
    The bottom pic is the most resent, from about two weeks ago.
         
        03-15-2013, 11:46 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I think he looks MUCH better!!!!
         
        03-15-2013, 11:56 AM
      #18
    Started
    He looks Great now I like mine Stocky though he looks like my GF mare who is running in the 14's right now.
         
        03-15-2013, 05:08 PM
      #19
    Started
    OP, looks like we have a team!
         
        03-20-2013, 11:36 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    He is looking SO good!
         

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