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        02-19-2013, 11:15 AM
      #21
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by QHriderKE    

    If so, I think a 16hh horse would be prime because it will stand up better to harder work.
    How does height factor into how a horse will stand up to harder work?
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        02-19-2013, 11:18 AM
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    How does height factor into how a horse will stand up to harder work?
    Because I believe the course involves a lot of feedlot type riding, and a lot of roping and such, but there is some arena riding too.
    It's just a fact that a larger horse with bigger bone will last longer with tough riding than a fine boned smaller horse.

    Of course, there's always a few exceptions, but you don't see very many ranchers looking for little cowhorses.
         
        02-19-2013, 12:32 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
    The only thing I see about him that I don't really like is he's a red horse. Not my most favorite color, but I like the look of him send him to Montana I'd put him to work. How smart is he?
    Not my favorite color either but I decided not to judge him based on his color! Haha. As for smarts, I think he's very intelligent. He catches on very quick ..

    I went out and sat on him today. He didn't even flinch. That was the first time someone has ever sat on him haha
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        02-19-2013, 12:33 PM
      #24
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
    Because I believe the course involves a lot of feedlot type riding, and a lot of roping and such, but there is some arena riding too.
    It's just a fact that a larger horse with bigger bone will last longer with tough riding than a fine boned smaller horse.

    Of course, there's always a few exceptions, but you don't see very many ranchers looking for little cowhorses.
    Lots of roping and cow work! We will be working in their feedlot a lot too, they have a pretty big cow establishment going on. We will also be doing a lot of cow doctoring, and will be helping round up young cows that will be castrated. Most of it takes place outdoors but some is in the arena too.
         
        02-19-2013, 02:58 PM
      #25
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by JavaLover    
    Not my favorite color either but I decided not to judge him based on his color! Haha. As for smarts, I think he's very intelligent. He catches on very quick ..

    I went out and sat on him today. He didn't even flinch. That was the first time someone has ever sat on him haha
    If he is smart and willing to work, I like big horses but then I am a big guy. For me working cows means long hours and big hills some horses just don't have the "heart" for it. The two thing in working cows for me is 1st heart 2nd smarts, not even so much "cow since" but will he think about what I am asking him to do and try. Other then that he seems to have the body for it Heart and smarts is for you to learn.
    But from what you have said and the pictures. I would take a chance on him.
         
        02-19-2013, 03:37 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
    If he is smart and willing to work, I like big horses but then I am a big guy. For me working cows means long hours and big hills some horses just don't have the "heart" for it. The two thing in working cows for me is 1st heart 2nd smarts, not even so much "cow since" but will he think about what I am asking him to do and try. Other then that he seems to have the body for it Heart and smarts is for you to learn.
    But from what you have said and the pictures. I would take a chance on him.
    Thanks! I've always felt more comfortable on a taller horse, so I know I won't feel uncomfortable in that sense. I think I might take a chance on him and buy him - after he's had a vet check and has been approved by the head of my program.
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        02-19-2013, 04:51 PM
      #27
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    Java, do you know how is he bred?
    I was talking to the owner today about his breeding and he gave me the name of his sire and dam. He currently is not registered but his papers have been completed - they just need to be sent away. He used to own the sire and dam and says that the horses have excellent cowhorse breeding and are noted for their reining.

    The horse Im thinking of buying is named 6 Pack .. Not a huge fan of that name, it will definitely be changed .. but 6 Pack is out of VJ Tom Thumbs Tivio (Reg. # 3235301) and VJ Double Special (Reg. #3203025). If you want to look in the AQHA registry, Id appreciate it! I really don't know how haha
         
        02-19-2013, 05:02 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    I went to allbreedpedigree.com because AQHA wasnt working for me .. I took some screen shots. What do you think?
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        02-20-2013, 12:04 PM
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    Originally Posted by JavaLover    
    Lots of roping and cow work! We will be working in their feedlot a lot too, they have a pretty big cow establishment going on. We will also be doing a lot of cow doctoring, and will be helping round up young cows that will be castrated. Most of it takes place outdoors but some is in the arena too.
    That's what I figured the course involved. Since I've been doing most of that stuff at home and helping out friends, I was told not to take the course and go for something else.

    I even have a horse that would be awesome for the course as well. At 4 years old, she's worked cows a lot and knows how to work a rope too. I've roped and held some cows with her, and she's a pro in the branding pen.

    She stands a pretty solid 16hh.
         
        02-20-2013, 12:29 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Gorgeous mare!
         

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