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Can I get some critique on these posssible buys.
First off. I want to tell you that I am looking for a horse who is not completely ready to rodeo but is patterned and is in good shape with the potential to compete in the upper 2D and 1D with more experience. I am looking for a level headed horse with no gate, triler, feet or just in general issues for my daugher who is looking for something to season in HS Rodeo this year. She is a good hand but this is her first year barrel racing and I dont want to have her on anything that would set her back but she is ready for some speed. Can you please take a look at these horses that we plan on riding next weekend and let me know what you notice that maybe I have not??? Here are the ads with video. Thanks for your time : )
and here is the video for the last ad.
That first mare, there is just something about her build that I don't like but I can't quite put my finger on it. I think it might be that her pasterns seem pretty upright and her feet look way too small for her body size. I would worry about her soundness under a competative workload. Plus, her stride is short and she's choppy around the barrels. I don't see her having enough speed to be very competative.
I do like the gelding "Reggie". He has quick turns (not terribly smooth around the barrel though) but doesn't appear quite as quiet as they make him sound. However, for a good rider, he might be just the ticket.
The palomino....eh. He fought the bit around the turns and didn't seem to know his leads very well because he crossfired a lot between barrels. If you were looking for a project.....maybe. If not, I would pass on him.
That last one, the fact that the video didn't show him from the start makes me really wonder what his temperment is before the pattern:?. Though they may not have been pushing him much, he didn't seem to have much extension on his front end. He was fighting his head a bit too and seems a bit iffy on his leads as well.
Out of all of them, I like the second horse the best by far. It looks like he could use a bit of finishing work but I can actually see some real potential in him that just isn't there in those others.
Thank you so much for your time Smrobs!! I favor the Reggie horse too. I do question the comments on his disposition also he may be a little high strung but we shall see. As long as he is not constantly on the bit , which he doesnt appear to be it may work out good. He is built nice as far as I can tell from the pictures.
I really, really like the second one. I wish they had a video of him running. The first one just seems kinda weird to me. I don't like the way she runs at all. As smrobs said, choppy and short strided. The third one is really pretty and moves nice, but I don't much like the way he runs around the barrels. He obviously isn't a fan of the bit, which I think is why he's not turning the barrels so pretty. I don't much like the last one. He appears kind of unsure about his footing which might be because the rider is giving him mixed cues. I don't like the way the rider handles her arms and hands.
I think I probably pretty much repeated everything smrobs said! I like the second one the best, then the third, fourth, and first.
Thank you Barrelracer! I'm with both of you. Bottom line we can get any horse to make a run but the 2nd horse is moving very nicely. I just need to make sure that whatever horse she buys is not going to be a head case : ) I think all of the above are well broke sane horses from what the owners have told me but we won't know until we ride them ourselves.
Good luck with them! Hopefully one of them is a keeper :]
Personally, i like the first mare lol. Her stride is short, but short stride by no means equals lack of speed. I find shorter strided horses have a better time at making turns/ navigating the barrels than a big horse with a long stride.
The 2nd horse is good as well & i agree that if he were pushed a bit more he'd do well.
The 3rd one, although quite pretty has alot of leg & seems quite butt-high.
Not a fan of the last guy's name... lol I agree with smrobs as well with him.
Thanks :) I agree on the 3rd. We actually would rather have a gelding. We do not plan on breeding and my personal experience with mares is that they carry extra issues that I just dont want to deal with at this point so we may not even go ride the 1st horse.
The only thing I can say is my daughter and I have both had Dash For Cash grandkids and both of their temperaments have not been really all that great.
Different sires and mares, but went back to Dash for Cash and Easy Jet. Both could get pretty hot really fast. I also have a friend who has Dash for Cash bloodlines in her geldings and they are extremely well trained for barrels, but even she says they get pretty hot and "out of control" when pushed.
Just a thought.
for reggie everyone else took the words out of my mouth he looks like the best bet
.but for me because i love the a horse that needs some work i get the pally to work on but reggie looks like the best
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