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post #1 of 5 Old 01-24-2014, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Which Horse Breed is Right for This?

Hey Guys, Couple of questions for you. :)

I've been doing some research and have recently learned that your weight plus the weight of your tack should only be about 10% to 15% of your horses weight. I am 160 pounds, western tack is generally 30 - 40 pounds, and I barrel race.
Any suggestions as to what kind of horse I should look into?? I would really appreciate a quick answer on this guys. Thanks a million! :)
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Hey Guys, Couple of questions for you. :)

I've been doing some research and have recently learned that your weight plus the weight of your tack should only be about 10% to 15% of your horses weight. I am 160 pounds, western tack is generally 30 - 40 pounds, and I barrel race.
Any suggestions as to what kind of horse I should look into?? I would really appreciate a quick answer on this guys. Thanks a million! :)
In this situation it will not be a breed of horse but an individual. Look for a sturdy horse who has good hone and can carry the weight effectivley. My QH can carry me and my western tack at fast speeds no problem. Suppose what im trying to say is that a fine boned arab is not the best choice. :)
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The general rule of thumb is 20%. This guideline was developed by the cavalry for fairly hard use (traveling long distances over rough terrain) and doesn't take into account the horse's conformation. Certain conformational features- such as a long back, thin legs, and a high center of gravity will decrease how much a horse can carry, while the opposite features (short back, thick legs, low center of gravity) will increase it. Typically, a 15.2hh 1200 lb QH will be able to comfortably carry more weight than a willowy 17hh TB that weighs the same.

QH's are very popular for barrel racing, and it sounds like weight-wise you'd be fine with even a smaller 1000 lb one. I'd pay special attention to leg/joint conformation, since barrel racing can put a lot of strain on them (regardless of the weight they're carrying)
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The general rule of thumb is 20%. This guideline was developed by the cavalry for fairly hard use (traveling long distances over rough terrain) and doesn't take into account the horse's conformation. Certain conformational features- such as a long back, thin legs, and a high center of gravity will decrease how much a horse can carry, while the opposite features (short back, thick legs, low center of gravity) will increase it. Typically, a 15.2hh 1200 lb QH will be able to comfortably carry more weight than a willowy 17hh TB that weighs the same.

QH's are very popular for barrel racing, and it sounds like weight-wise you'd be fine with even a smaller 1000 lb one. I'd pay special attention to leg/joint conformation, since barrel racing can put a lot of strain on them (regardless of the weight they're carrying)
Awesome verona1016, thanks. :)
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Thick boned Thoroughbred :) But then again I prefer a Thoroughbred over a QH anyday.

A horse is so docile at nature that he would always rather do right than wrong, if only he could be taught to distinguish one from the other.
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