Originally Posted by ropinbiker
you can team rope on any breed of horse that is quick/fast enough; the one thing you said that would make your horse less desirable as a roping horse is the thin bones....team roping horses need to have some pretty stout legs, or you are asking to lame him up....he may take some steer stopping, but I would even caution against alot of that--it puts tremendouse strain on the fron legs; another attribute a roping horse needs is a nice hip, which he is able to use--that way when you go to set (slow the horse to bring the cows head up and slow his speed so as to properly start your turn) and then to bring the cow around in the corner...having a nice, big hip helps both of those....now, a heel horse has to stop the cow and itself(and sometimes a head horse....), and again, that puts alot of strain on the legs, and, again, points out the need for a horse to be able to drop that hind end and work it.
I agree with you there- the horse I have been riding is only a 14 hander and very fine boned- I wouldnt even ride her if I didnt have too (more of a if I wanna ride- this is what I got type deal) lol.
I do prefer a big ol ranch bred quarter horse over anything- big nice muscular shoulder and chest, big boned, big hind quarter and hip horse- if I had it my way, definitely have a tank of a quarter horse. I fell in love with the 16.3 tank of a quarter mare I used to ride- I could rope anything! My friends little brothers, goats, pigs, cattle, anything! Lol.. never had to kick her to switch leads, she would automatically switch her leads dependin on the direction the (whatever weird thing it was) I had her rope was goin, lol. If only I could find a horse like that for arounf 1500!
Love the team roping advise! The dh s gelding is perfect for ropin- he just don't want me messin around with his buddy.