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post #1 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am really interested in buying this horse. I had already gone out once to look and ride him, along with a knowledgable barrel racing friend of mine. We both absolutly loved his personality and the way he rode. He does have problems going sraight, picking up his left lead and is a little gate sour but I can easily work on this with him. Looking up his history, he has 25 points in halter with the PtHA. His sire has fairly good lineage, but mothers is unknown. Judge for yourself. What do you think of him?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 05:28 PM
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I am really interested in buying this horse. I had already gone out once to look and ride him, along with a knowledgable barrel racing friend of mine. We both absolutly loved his personality and the way he rode. He does have problems going sraight, picking up his left lead and is a little gate sour but I can easily work on this with him. Looking up his history, he has 25 points in halter with the PtHA. His sire has fairly good lineage, but mothers is unknown. Judge for yourself. What do you think of him?
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Personally...as a barrel prospect no. I am not impressed with him at all, maybe for little shows every now and then but with his conformation your going to run into performance and lameness issues down the line.

-Downhill
-Long in the back
-Straighter Shoulder
-Shorter Neck
-Hocks are higher set then my liking
-Sickle Hocked
-Slightly Cow hocked
-Looks Slightly Buck Kneed

That is all I can really get from the photos provided....

And they are already pushing for speed through the barrels? Yikes I personally would run away. He needs more basic work on his foundation before even getting close to the pattern. And he shouldn't even be loping yet let alone running he is so far away from ready, yet they are. And he is gate sour? How will he be able to hand the stress and pressure of barrels.....not very well.

I would run away......this horse just looks like a ball of problems to me and doesn't have anything that says barrel horse.

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your honest opinion. I truly thought he seemed decent but the more opinions of others I get the more I become confused and undecided. I've heard he looks great and I've heard skip over him. Im definetly going to keep on looking but he might make a good horse for my lil sister even... she does need to move up from her present horse.

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I wouldn't give him a second look. Period.

First off... His breed states he's Quarter Horse. But Quarter Horse's do not come in pinto color. If he has halter points, he's only registered in the PtHA which is just a color registry, not a breed registry. I don't buy horses from ignorant owners. But that's just a major pet peeve of mine.

Onto him. At 7 years old. He is wayyy downhill. Back is long. Neck is short. Croup is steep. I wont comment on his legs because I cannot see them with those photos they have posted.

As for his training. It's minimal. He's already gate sour, which means he's either in pain, or they rushed through their training. Don't fix someone else's problems. It's NOT fun and better to get a clean slate. He should have so many things down pat before even seeing the barrels. Otherwise you end up with problems and they are hard to break and no fun to fix.

Flashy color? Sure. But he's not what I would look for as a barrel horse. At all.

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CLaPorte: Thank you for the response. I did talk to the owner about the quarter horse/ pinto thing. I understand pinto is only color and I do wish they would have corrected themselves.

Im thinking, the more opinions I hear, that they rushed him quite a bit. Kinda coming to the conclusion that I should just back away from this horse.
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I agree. For $1800, you have an amazing selection out there right now. Do not rush into buying anything before getting opinion after opinion after opinion. It's a buyer's market out there right now for horses you CAN be selective. Find something that has a good foundation under them, and then train the horse the RIGHT way for barrels. You, and the horse, will be much much much happier.
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Ugh, I wish I was more knowledgable about buying horses, especially barrel horses. I made a switch into barrels only about a year or so ago and I used to be a hunter jumper and saddleseat rider before the switch . I have gone from looking at saddlebreds and thoroughbreds to quarter horses and paints! I have some of the best trainers by me for barrel racing and I want to put them to use, so to say, so I definetly need a horse with potential. So glad for you guys on this forum
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 08:23 PM
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My advice is, contact one of those trainers and get them to mentor you and help you find a horse. That hands on help is unbeatable.

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You've already been given lots of good info, but he is very high butt, buult downhill, and trust me those don't make the best barrrel ponies haha My gelding is downhill, high butt, and has lots of speed, but the whole getting collected and turning is his very weak point.
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Unfortunatly, one of the trainers referenced me to this lady selling this horse. I just started under this trainer so I don't have total confidence in him yet but I heard for him to be fairly reputable as not exactly a barrel racing trainer, but an overall western horse trainer(more reining if anything).

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