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        12-26-2012, 06:01 PM
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    Runs wide on the last barrel (but I am not expert at this sport at all)?

    Look at the stills again. Look at his right front. Do you see any tendons? Does it look puffy in the tendon area to you? Do his heels look cut awfully short to you (they do to me) in front? It almost looks like he might be pointing that left front a little.

    If you go and see him and like him, do get a PPE and I would look hard for things like Navicular among other things.
    Yes that last barrel on the second video is real wide that could be rider caused. But yeah I see what your saying about the tendon makes me wonder too now. And I thought his feet didn't look quite right I wonder who she has doing her farrier work.
         
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        12-27-2012, 10:13 AM
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    I think mainly when looking at a finished horse I would be looking for proof that its a 1D/2D horse. What may be a 1D horse at a smaller show may be a 3D or even 4D at a big show. Hard to say in barrel racing, so if your looking at finished horses make sure your getting what you pay for.
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        12-27-2012, 12:09 PM
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    Agreed. I've never bought a finished horse and I'm not entirely sure I want to go finished. Usually I buy a nice prospect and train my way. But yeah I'd like to a see better proof he seems nice but I think they are asking a bit too much for him. I have two colts that are my future prospects but that's years away. Since it takes years to make a great barrel horse. And my current barrel horse has been having problems with an old hoof injury and so I'm trying to do therapy with him but I don't want to run him if its going to be miserable for him now. I had him adjusted and I'm going to start doing lots of trotting and build him back up again his stiff from compensating from a year of lameness. So if I can get him sorted out I won't have to buy something necessarily. So I'm just starting to keep my eyes open for something nice.
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        12-28-2012, 02:48 PM
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    I think the best way is by word of mouth. Or in associations like IBRA all the results are recorded on the website, easy to check out. I just saw a horse listed for sale that I know from shows, listed as a 1D/2D horse it's actually a 4D horse. If you can get your current horse sorted out that would be great. Might try a massage therapist on him to loosen his muscles.
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        12-28-2012, 02:50 PM
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    Yeah a friend is a horse massage therapist I'm going to have he take a look at him
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