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post #1 of 3 Old 05-24-2009, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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picking a horse for roping

don't know much about horse's looking to learn. What is some things you look for when you buy a horse to make sure its in good health and all. And is there a breed that is good to look at for a roping horse? I know there is a lot to cover. Any and all info is appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-24-2009, 05:41 PM
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Most competative roping horses are generally Quarter Horses. Usually, ropers prefer shorter stockier horses for roping because it is easier for them to suck down in the dirt and make those quick turns and stops. The average size is around 14.2 hh to 15.2 hh and over 1000 lbs. Sometimes you can get a smaller or bigger horse that is good at roping but not often. They need to have speed and heart, and good control from the saddle. You can start looking at pictures on the net of pro ropers and just see the type of horses that they ride, though their's tend to be really high strung. What kind of roping are you looking to do? Team roping, calf roping, breakaway, etc?

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thanks for the quick response. I'm looking into team roping.
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