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post #21 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I've been keeping my chin up and looking around. And if it wasn't any harder I'm limited on the gender of horse I can get. At my barn I am not allowed to have a mare. I can only have a gelding or a colt and geld the colt. The only problem is, all of the horses I find that are built the way I want them to be are mares. =/

I know I made the right decision on this one, I just couldn't take the chance of something happening to me and I am PARANOID when it comes to their legs and feet. I know so many people who have barrel raced horses that didn't have sound and strong legs and the horses were broken down before they were 12.

Milk- I do intend and hope for my future horse to take me far in the barrel world, so it is extremely important to me that I get one that is built sound and sturdy for the job.

Thanks for the encouragment guys. I'm going to continue looking with my head high and I am determined to not fall in love with a horse until I physically have it at my barn.

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post #22 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by milk View Post
that is ridiculous. in fact, it's so ridiculous, it's REDiculous!
I'm sure shes not looking for a barrle horse to take to national comps. I stand behind my statement that if she trains/uses the horse right on the barrles, he'd be just fine.
However, skipped out on him, so no harm done, anyways, right?
I'm sorry Milk but it is your statements that are ridiculous, why on earth would you buy potential trouble, in this market??

Why would you try and make a horse perform a discipline that it's conformation is a question mark for, it just makes no sense. As I said before, there is probably nothing wrong with him, he may stay sound for years, but it, in my mind would be in that horses best interest to go to a home where he wont be required to be a sports horse.

Anyone who cares for horses would try and choose the best conformed horse for their chosen sport, it will hopefully give the horse the longest and fullest working life, and save the owner vet fees and heartbreak further down the road.
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post #23 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by milk View Post
that is ridiculous. in fact, it's so ridiculous, it's REDiculous!
I'm sure shes not looking for a barrle horse to take to national comps. I stand behind my statement that if she trains/uses the horse right on the barrles, he'd be just fine.
However, skipped out on him, so no harm done, anyways, right?
Well, since we're going to be snarky about misspellings now, last I heard, there's no such thing as a "barrle" horse and "barrles" isn't an equine event :roll:.

As for the rest of your post, are you serious? Do you have any experience at all with performance horses...or horses in general? Yes, some horses can still do well in spite of minor flaws. What this horse has is most certainly not a minor flaw. To suggest that someone buy him and still try to make a performance horse out of him shows carelessness and lack of knowledge on your part.

Phantom, I am glad that you decided against him, too. Don't get discouraged, there are lots of good horses out there to be had. When that perfect one comes along, you'll be glad that you didn't compromise on an earlier prospect and get something that may not have been exactly what you wanted. You just keep that chin up and those eyes looking forward, you'll find the one you are searching for eventually.
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post #24 of 44 Old 10-10-2011, 12:30 AM
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smrobs couldnt agree with you more. Phantom if you pm your criteria for what your looking for i can help you search. Height, age, gender, breed, price, location, etc.

quarter horses.....simply the best
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post #25 of 44 Old 10-10-2011, 08:12 AM
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I agree with SMrobd, Phantom, In this market you can do far better then a horse with a major leg issue. When I went searching for a horse for a para rider it took close on 12 months to find the right horse and TBH we realy did not want a mare and we certainly did not want anything younger than 8 and we wanted a warmblood or ISH. We ended up with a 6 yrold exracehorse mare. But her confo and temprement are spot on and everything else can be schooled into her!

Milk, I've never read such an idiotic statement before in my life. Conformation is extremely important in a competition horse, perticularly if you want long term soundness at a half decent level.

Yes I do know of a couple of dressage horses with a turned in toe who compete at a good level, or those with a slightly long back but it does make it harder for the horse and will restrict the level they can compete to. The vast majority of breakdowns in competition horses are purely down to bad conformation. normaly a leg that is unable to stand up to the pressure being exerted onto it!
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post #26 of 44 Old 10-11-2011, 11:43 AM
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Come on now fellas, I know conformation is important. I'm just saying my origional comment is historically accurate.
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post #27 of 44 Old 10-12-2011, 05:35 PM
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Do you have an amount limit for your purchase of a horse? And what part of the country are you located?

A woman can NEVER have too many horses.....
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post #28 of 44 Old 10-12-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Basically, I'm looking for an unbroke horse(has not had a saddle or rider on it's back) between the ages of 2-4. My price limit it $600 but willing to go higher for the right horse. Registered QH or Paint. Bloodlines for barrel racing are a plus. Any color. Geldings or colts only(if it is a colt it will be gelded) Located in the mid-atlantic area. Less than 7 hours from the zip code 08094.

If anyone knows anything that fits this criteria please PM me the info, It would hopefully expand my search a little. Sites I have been looking on are,,,, and

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post #29 of 44 Old 10-12-2011, 11:47 PM
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Have you looked on Barrel Horse World at all? Sometimes you'll see unbroke horses with the right lines on there...
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post #30 of 44 Old 10-13-2011, 01:01 AM
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Milk. First of all you made a really big assumption about phantom not wanting to go big with her horse. Second cconfprmation is THE most important thing in speed events Especially barrels. Even if it was a minor thing that's fine for simple riding I would NEVER ride a horse with ANY kind of confirmation problem for speed events Especially because that "minor" problem could lead to big problems...

Phantom im just curious about the whole mare ban? Is there a stud at that barn or is it just that they don't like mares. Just curious
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