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post #11 of 15 Old 10-11-2008, 06:48 PM
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my friend has an ottb who does barrels. and i didnt even know he was a tb! i thought he was a qh..

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-11-2008, 09:53 PM
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I think it depences on what, you plan to do with that horse. Here are several questions you should ask per event.

If reining, can its legs and joints handle the stops, starts and spins.

If cutting, how it have enough cow sence and can it turn quick enough to keep up with the cow.

If reined cow, add both of the above.

If Poles or barrels, can it turn in between them at speed

WP, I see no problems, those QH look more like WB or TB than true QH to me anyway, besides a bored horse.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-13-2008, 10:01 PM
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Consider his conformation and constitution before training him in a specific way. Reining is awfully harsh on the joints and hooves and it can lead to serious problems if the horse isn't properly fit. And I am sad to say that breeding and conformation play a fairly important part in this sport. A good challenge would be Western Pleasure, which produces some of the finest, most reliable horses when done properly, and it pays off in everything else you do with your horse, be it classical or western. Barrel racing, Poles, and other western sports that involve speed and agility also are quite fun, but require specific training and conditioning. For those, strenghten the hindquarters and the back for sprinting and balance. Also, you're gonna have to work on his flexibility a lot. Cutting, roping and the like are out of the way if you ask me, unless you want to embark on really tough training. I'd recommend consulting with a western instructor for further information.
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if you want to show NRHA (national reining horse assoc) then no problem because they are not breed defined but for pleasure, you will not be able to show him at any state or national level show as they need to be registered with the PHAA (paint horse assoc of aust) AQHA (australian QH assoc) or the AAA (Appaloosa assoc of aust). Same goes for the NPHA (national pleasure horse assoc) - need to be PHAA, AQHA or AAA for them too

hope this is helpful to you. I am not sure that people are saying not to show western, but your options for western are very limited as far as showing goes unless you only plan to go to open shows for the rest of his career and never want to show at a higher level. If that is the case then he could physically be capable of all the western diciplines with his conformation

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-13-2008, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr View Post
my friend has an ottb who does barrels. and i didnt even know he was a tb! i thought he was a qh..
I know plenty of people that use ottb as contesters. Its really very common
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