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    12-22-2007, 07:02 PM

Hey everyone!
I am looking to buy a new Barrel Racer!
I have found a good prospect.
Joker is a 15 year old Quarter/Paint gelding.
Stands 15hh, and the reason of sale is the current owner wants a horse that doesn't have the need for speed out on the trails.
Joker is broke & he just needs to learn the pattern and basics of barrel racing.

Don't hold anything back!

* Joker *

- Bobbi
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    12-22-2007, 08:32 PM
Well, he looks like a cute, solid horse (love his alert expression), but its hard to see everything with these photos. He looks like he's got a very clean neck and throatlatch. Pretty head. Good deep chest. Steep shoulder, longish in the back. That's about all I would venture at this point.
    12-22-2007, 08:56 PM
I like him. He looks very powerful.

The photos are not very good to do a conformation evaluation. It's hard to tell if he's got a long back or a short neck. He does look like he could use some help getting his muscles back in shape, but your barrel training will definitely get him in shape. He also needs some work on his hooves. A few regular trimmings with a good farrier and his feet will be back in shape too.
    12-22-2007, 09:48 PM
Would these be a little better to critique?

    12-22-2007, 11:25 PM
Yes, those are actually much better photos, thanks!

The one thing that would seriously concern me about putting this horse in a high-impact sport like barrels is that he is very over at the photo #2, compare his front legs to the bay he is standing next to and it is very obvious. This is going to but a lot of stress on his tendons with fast, hard impacts and could lead to bowing and other tendon injuries. His shoulder is not as steep as it looked in the other photos...could be better, seen worse. I would still say his back is long. Exercise will improve how he carries himself (and you) but I don't know how that will affect him making tight turns on a barrel, maybe some of the barrel racers in the crowd can comment on that?
    12-25-2007, 01:07 PM
What a cutie!
    12-26-2007, 05:05 PM
I don't like his pasturns, they are too short... And I also agree with sara about his long back, for a QH it is quite long. But flatwork to build up his topline should build it up abit more. Otherwise not bad conformation, you should do well on him 8)

Off the subject, I love that photo with him in the snow. I have never seen snow before. Its a loverly photo

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