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SissyGoBob 01-12-2011 12:01 AM

Critique on the mare I tried today. I need opinions.
 

I know she needs a big tune up, but she had not been ridden in 2 months prior to that day and she had not worked the barrels 6 months prior to that week. She is 9 years old and I know she would be a small project, but to me she has potential. Give me your worst. Honesty is preffered.

Thank you guys for helping out.

tinyliny 01-12-2011 12:34 AM

She is beautiful. Did she seem to enjoy herself? She seems level headed. and she looked really flexible. Coulnd' t see any ovious offness but I am not pro at that. What's with all the "hey! hey!"?

SissyGoBob 01-12-2011 12:49 AM

When I get to a barrel I say "hey" its more of a rate thing. I want them to slow down and pay attention to me. She doesnt have a lot of whoa, thats the one thing I didn't particularly like, but very fixable. Yes she does have a lot of bend, but only in her neck, I wish she bent her side too.... once again, fixable. I think she liked it, she want to run the barrels so bad.

PaintLover17 01-12-2011 12:52 AM

She looks good to me, especially since she hasn't been worked in 2 months. She seems to have nice movement and from the video appears sound. As long as you like her and a vet says she is healthy she looks like a great horse!

corinowalk 01-12-2011 12:55 AM

What are you looking to do with her? She looks like a decent horse but from the resistance in stopping going out of the ring...is she ring sour or getting that way?

I like the way she goes but she seems far from a finished barrel racer. She seems light and easy going.

xXEventerXx 01-12-2011 01:02 AM

id say if she hasnt been ridden in 2 months id take things slow, walk a bit of trot nothing to heavy.

SissyGoBob 01-12-2011 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by corinowalk (Post 886454)
What are you looking to do with her? She looks like a decent horse but from the resistance in stopping going out of the ring...is she ring sour or getting that way?

I like the way she goes but she seems far from a finished barrel racer. She seems light and easy going.

She isnt quite alley sore yet, but getting there. I can fix that easy. And yes, she is far from finished, but I am 16 and can still run in the youth so, I figured if I can fix the little stuff she can probably make me some money in the youth until she is ready to really trust. She isn't too bad, I just want someone to tell me if I'm reaching for the stars or if its actually possible that she could make it.

MudPaint 01-13-2011 02:43 PM

She looks level headed from the vid (even if you said she wanted to go). It sounds like you know what you need to work on. I'm not an expert on barrel horses, and have only worked with a few, that being said, I like her. She looks big strong bodied with a decent size stride. If she's the right price and your up for the challenge I say go for it.

OneFastHorse 01-13-2011 07:27 PM

She needs A LOT more flatwork. She heeds to learn to use her rear end and collect. I, personally, would not let this horse even SEE a barrel yet. She is no where NEAR broke enough.

She also needs to straighten out in her turns. She is overly bendy in her neck, but not really soft throug out her body.

I'm also willing to bet that she has less than perfect conformation.

That is not a horse I would be interested in if I were looking for a barrel horse/prospect for anything more serious than local/4-H shows.

Gizmo 01-13-2011 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by OneFastHorse (Post 888894)
She needs A LOT more flatwork. She heeds to learn to use her rear end and collect. I, personally, would not let this horse even SEE a barrel yet. She is no where NEAR broke enough.

She also needs to straighten out in her turns. She is overly bendy in her neck, but not really soft throug out her body.

I'm also willing to bet that she has less than perfect conformation.

That is not a horse I would be interested in if I were looking for a barrel horse/prospect for anything more serious than local/4-H shows.

I really disagree. She is only six so the bad habbits she has made like not bending her body can easily be fixed and why wouldn't you expose her to barrels if that is what you are going to be doing? Its not like she was galloping them, she was trotting them, testing the horses at the purpose she is buying the horse for. When you desensitize a horse and everything I bring my mine around barrels so they know what they are and they aren't going to be scared of them. So showing a horse a barrel is good, not bad. Who cares about "perfect" conformation. Show me a perfect horse and I can bet someone will still see something wrong with it. There is no such thing as perfect. From what I saw she looks pretty good for a barrel horse for me. I think she is a great prospect. She is a beauty and is FAST! "Whoa" is something you need to work on, which is probably from being pent of for two months, she just wants to go go go! But everything that I saw can be worked on. And she is only six and doesn't sound like they really worked with her if she hasn't been ridden in that long. She is still a baby and needs a little more training.


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