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    09-21-2011, 12:09 AM
Question about roping horse.

Hello :) well I'm not actually posting pictures just yet but I am tomorrow, because I can't do it from my phone and my boyfriend will bring his laptop tomorrow. Any way, I wont have any more time than just enough to post the pics. So I'm doing the whole background thing today :) Alrighty, so my boyfriend has been wanting a horse for quite some time now, and well they live in town so it wasnt really an option. Well today, he ran into a friend who happened to be selling his land, So they have made plans to
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    09-21-2011, 12:13 AM
Buy it, and a horse. He wants to buy a horse now, either with roping experience, or as a prospect to work on the head end, and maybe playdays (mainly for me to play aroud with, not a must) so I was curious, what do you look for in a roping horse? Like temperment, comformation,.etc. And tomorrow I am posting some pics of possible buys for him for you guys to critique :) thanks!!
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    09-21-2011, 12:41 PM
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    09-21-2011, 03:56 PM
I look for horses who are thick, muscular, and shorter (around 15 hh or shorter). If he's going to be heading, then the horse will need to have some speed to him. As for conformation...good conformation is good conformation. A horse with bad conformation won't stand up to the heavy work load of a roping horse. They'll need good bone and bigger feet, shorter backs are always a good thing, nice straight legs, etc. It will need to have a good, solid temperament because arena roping horses tend to get just as bad about sourness and bracing as a barrel horse. So a solid temperament is the first line of defense against that, second is how they are handled in the box. You see many ropers that get the horse in the box and they yank and spur and yank and spur and yank, even when the horse is clearly already as far back in the box as he can go. That is a very good and fast way to make a horse box sour.

Also, if you are wanting something with roping experience that hasn't already been ruined, you're going to be looking at some pretty expensive horses. A horse around here that has been started properly on team or calf roping will be $5000+, depending on their breeding.
    09-21-2011, 04:21 PM
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The best roping horses I've seen are usually quarters. I'm kind of prejudiced towards them but they truly are a good breed for it. Like smrobs said you'll want a nice muscular horse around 15hh. Bigger isn't always better the smaller horses are faster out of the box and more flexible to manuever after the calf/ steer depending on what kind of roping he's planning on. Another good breed are paints. A nice steady level headed horse is invaluable in roping. You don't want to get a really hot blooded horse because they will get way to worked up in the box. You'll want one with nice big nine quarters to get out of Tue box faster, and one that can neck rein or follow leg pressure so he can concentrate more on roping then directing his horse.
    09-21-2011, 06:53 PM
Okay, thank you. He narrowed it downto kne which I posted on a different post, he is a solid paint. Four years old 15hh he has had a rope thrown off him and pushed cattle at livesto k auctions and worked on a ranch.. Here is the link to the post with the pics
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    09-21-2011, 06:54 PM
Needing a comfirmation critique on a possible buy here ya go
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