Possible Barrel Prospect???? NEED ADVICE

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    09-16-2013, 10:34 AM
Possible Barrel Prospect???? NEED ADVICE

I found this horse on craiglist and I was curious if this would be a good horse to do barrels with. This would be my first horse that I am purchasing. I have been around horses for a while and I am currently leasing one out right now. He is for sale and when he sells I want to get one of my own. So I need some advice on this horse that I post pictures of. That would be great!
Thanks greatly!! He is listed in all breed pedigree. As willoews black magic. I do not really know how to read pedigree or anything like that.
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    09-16-2013, 12:53 PM
You might have better luck posting this in the horse confirmation critique section. Also email the owners and ask for better conformation shots (there's a thread in the section I mentioned that tells how to get good ones.)
    09-16-2013, 01:18 PM
Thank you!! I just need a little help because I am new to this site and still trying to figure my way around a little bit. What questions should I e-mail them with about the conformation shots?
    09-18-2013, 01:34 PM
I do not see barrels in this horse's future. He doesn't have anywhere near enough engine. You need a BIG, strong back end, not the small, weak... not sure what that is attempting to be... that he has. He MIGHT be a local prospect, but then, most any horse can do barrels at a local level, so long as its legs are sound. It doesn't take a lot of speed. At any rated level, though, they need to be FAST and be able to accelerate better than your average sports car.
    09-18-2013, 02:03 PM
He's a cute little guy. With him being only 2 (and he looks like a very young 2, so I bet he was a late foal), there is still a lot of time for him to bulk up.

His lines are actually a lot better for performance than I was expecting, lots of cutting lines in there.

As for a barrel prospect, I don't know. He's still awfully young to make any definitive opinions on his ability or even his looks. If he's sound and the price is right, I might give him a try. Here in a couple of years when he's going good under saddle, then you'll know whether he's a worthwhile barrel prospect or not and, if not, you'd be able to sell him on.
    09-18-2013, 02:42 PM
I also just wanted to throw in my two cents and warn against buying a prospect too young. It can work out fabulously, and you can get an awesome horse for an awesome price... But, at the same time, it can turn out to be not what you hoped for. I put a ton of money and time into the prospect I purchased, and she just wasn't built for H/J work... Sad. ): So, just go in with your eyes wide open! (:
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    09-18-2013, 02:46 PM
That's a great point, especially if you can't really judge potential in a young horse. Be prepared to buy a prospect, put thousands of care and training on him over the next 2-3 years, and then find out that he's not going to be competitive.

However, OP, it really all depends on what level you're looking to do. With the correct training, nearly any sound horse can be competitive at lower levels, but if you're looking for something that is likely to hit the 1D-2D placings, then I'd look for something a little older with proven speed lines.
    09-18-2013, 03:23 PM
Thanks everyone for the help!! I appreciate it soo much!! I just have been having a hard time finding an AQHA around my area and this is the closest one that I have found that looked some what appealing. There are not a lot of horses for sale around my area but I know that I have to be patience and find something that is worth it. If you know of any AQHA give me a heads up :) I have been looking for a while and I looked at every site possible but still keeping my eyes open
    09-18-2013, 03:31 PM
If you don't mind me asking, what general area of the country are you in, that way folks who may be in your area can help keep an eye out.
    09-18-2013, 03:48 PM
I am around central Wisconsin

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