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barrelracer11 04-09-2013 02:02 PM

Barrel Racing Conformation Critique
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Wondering if you could critique my gelding. He is cow/rope bred so he is built a little odd. First pictures are when we got him, last ones are a couple of weeks ago. He is has put more weight on since we got him. He is standing awkward in the snow so I put the other ones in. Thanks for helping! :D

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barrelracer11 04-09-2013 02:29 PM

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Some more that might help out!

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Corporal 04-09-2013 02:45 PM

I like him overall, but his back looks a little weak.

CLaPorte432 04-09-2013 02:47 PM

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he looks very underdeveloped muscle wise all over. has he been in work?
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barrelracer11 04-09-2013 02:52 PM

The summer pictures are when we first got him. He wasn't worked at all and was not nutritionally stable. We put him on grain and supplements and he gained a lot of muscle. The winter pictures are recent. He hasn't been worked in a couple months due to snow.
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barrelracer11 04-09-2013 02:54 PM

Any tips to strengthen the top line? His feed has helped out A LOT! I have to use certain pads on him that build up the back on him. He isn't sore at all however. That was the first thing that we had vet checked. Does his butt seem high? One of my friends told me that it always looked that way.
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Corporal 04-09-2013 02:57 PM

I think it's good to see your horse out of shape. I still see a weak back and you're not going to change that. Work on collection with this horse. If you train western do lots of rollbacks and backing up in circles and serpentines at a walk bc this won't stress him too much, like exploding out of a chute will. I do not see out of shape as a conformation problem, as it is often referred to. I'm sure that your horse can do barrels well. Train slowly and work on musculature, aerobics and bone density.

BarrelRacingLvr 04-09-2013 03:30 PM

-His neck to me looks like it ties in awkwardly, but that might be because his lacking muscle on his top line.

-Straighter shoulder
-Back is a tad long
-Decent hip
-Tad sickle hocked
-Looks to be a little cow hocked
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