Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Intermountain West, USA
She's pretty :) She looks a LOT like my QH mare actually, but with a slightly farther back withers. If she was a red dun, I'd think you cloned my horse :P She wouldn't happen to have Doc Bar in her papers would she?
If she is like my mare, who likes to jump, that might be a good discipline for her if you want to ride English as well. The thin neck can be improved through strengthening the topline with stretches and riding with a proper headset.
She has a bit of a dipped back, which can make her prone to swayback, but there are stretches you can do to prevent that from happening.
She doesn't look like much of a barrel horse, but appearances can be deceiving :) Afterall, I doubt my mare looks much like of a jumper.
She has a nice headset, but not the head-dragging type for western pleasure or trail. Possible roping, or penning. She's a bit to long-legged and close together for cutting. If you're near enough, the Ranch Horse Versatility competitions around Colorado and such don't like a head-dragging horse, and focus a lot more on real, natural movements.
She honestly looks more cut our for English, especially if you can get her back and neck strengthened and looking nice.
Hard to tell by the pictures, but she looks like she might be cow-hocked (splayed out) in back, which can make her gait a little more bouncy.
As far as breeding, it would depend what for. If you're just looking for one foal for yourself, I would say go for it :) I've considered it for my mare for the same reason. Especially if you can get her showing and winning points :) However, if a foal took after her, and ended up in the wrong hands, she has a high risk for developing conformational flaws with the way she's built, most especially in her back.