Now, I am not a barrel person and ask this because I don't know...
Aren't hocks better set low on a barrel horse than high as this guys are?
I know babies grow at wonky intervals and do weird things to their appearance as they spurt along...
Yes, in general, you want to look for low hocks on a barrel prospect. You also want really well-rounded hindquarters.
But this guy is YOUNG. Maybe I don't look at enough colts, but they're going to change so much I don't know how you can predict what their body is going to do. Sure, I could agree his hocks look a bit higher than you'd want in a barrel horse. And maybe not as well-rounded. But he might look totally different in a year. Honestly, he looks like he's got a Frenchman's Guy hind end on him. Of the ones I've seen, that's kinda what they look like. They also tend to do better with a more rollback type of turn (in general) and their conformation reflects that.
Just for fun, here's my shotgun when he was 6 months old, and freshly purchased from auction! (although we knew his owners) Yeah, he's not standing under himself very well.
Just FYI he is NOT frenchmans guy bred.
And then age age 3.
And last year at age 7.
Now my mother's horse is a Frenchman's Guy grandson. We bought him and my horse at the same time, so here he is as a 6 month old. He really was the "funny looking" type colt.
The only older photo of him I have on my computer at the moment is this one (he is on the left) and it is not a good confo photo at all, LOL. (yes he is fat, as is my ol' Red) Taken last year when he was 7. I would say his hocks are higher than Shotguns, and certainly higher than Red standing next to him. and he's a little sickle hocked as well (not bad) but he is a QUICK son-of-a-gun. Of course, he's also cutting bred on the bottom so that may have something to do with it. Has no problem doing a wicked rollback either. So his "higher hocks" don't seem to bother him one bit.