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post #1 of 7 Old 01-23-2016, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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motor question??

What does it mean when someone says a horse "has a motor on him"?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-23-2016, 02:18 AM
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The expression usually means the horse has a lot of drive from the hind end/large hindquarter muscles. Some people also use the expression just to say the horse moves along at a good pace. It's usually meant as a compliment. Stock horse people often value a horse that has large hindquarters.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-23-2016, 09:52 AM
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The expression usually means the horse has a lot of drive from the hind end/large hindquarter muscles. Some people also use the expression just to say the horse moves along at a good pace. It's usually meant as a compliment. Stock horse people often value a horse that has large hindquarters.
This!

To expand on that, though...

When you're roping, gaming or working on a ranch, you want a horse with some power (aka- bit motor) because they'll be able to get after the cattle quicker or will be faster on whatever pattern you're running. Likewise, you'll sometimes see trail horses advertised with a big motor, meaning that they walk out well and are powerful on the hills.
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This!

To expand on that, though...

When you're roping, gaming or working on a ranch, you want a horse with some power (aka- bit motor) because they'll be able to get after the cattle quicker or will be faster on whatever pattern you're running. Likewise, you'll sometimes see trail horses advertised with a big motor, meaning that they walk out well and are powerful on the hills.
UGH! Meant "BIG motor," not "bit motor."

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Thank you! Someone was telling me about a horse and I didn't know if it was a good or bad thing
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Thank you! Someone was telling me about a horse and I didn't know if it was a good or bad thing
Depends on the rider, sometimes that big motor scares inexperienced and/or timid riders.
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Depends on the rider, sometimes that big motor scares inexperienced and/or timid riders.


I agree, but also some new riders don't know what to do with that "big motor". I have seen nice horses in inexperienced hands allowed to get a bit head strong and chargey when the rider didn't know how to deal with it.
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