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Hey guys, I've ridden barrels before, but I mainly ride English and I've trained hunters, eventers, and jumpers in the past. But I've decided to convert back to western. I have a trained team penner/log puller/trail boy. And I have a 6 y.o paint mare that I bought last year as a project, but she hates English. I'm curious if her confirmation is suitable for barrels.

I'd really appreciate your opinions! :)


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Hey guys, I've ridden barrels before, but I mainly ride English and I've trained hunters, eventers, and jumpers in the past. But I've decided to convert back to western. I have a trained team penner/log puller/trail boy. And I have a 6 y.o paint mare that I bought last year as a project, but she hates English. I'm curious if her confirmation is suitable for barrels.

I'd really appreciate your opinions! :)


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As far as conformation alone goes, she has a very big shoulder and a nice deep chest
With her front legs, i don't think that she necessarily stands under herself, however her pasterns are longer and have quite a bit of slope to them, which makes her appear to set back
Very short back and a high wither
Not a bad bum
She is quite apparently camped out in the hind legs and cowhocked, however none of these flaws necessarily mean that she would not be good at barrels. We had one horse in our local gymkhana group who was severely camped out with a long back and not the most pleasing conformation who just flew around the barrels.
It all depends on the horse, however good conformation always helps to maintain soundness, particularly when horses are straining certain areas of their body.
 

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Hey guys, I've ridden barrels before, but I mainly ride English and I've trained hunters, eventers, and jumpers in the past. But I've decided to convert back to western. I have a trained team penner/log puller/trail boy. And I have a 6 y.o paint mare that I bought last year as a project, but she hates English. I'm curious if her confirmation is suitable for barrels.

I'd really appreciate your opinions! :)












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Agree with lilRuffian for the most part.

I don't see why this horse couldn't do barrels, as I do see any huge confo problems. She looks balanced in the body.

But I would like to see her hindquarters more rounded.
 

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Pretty much any horse can do barrels. But it depends on how high in the levels you want to go. Are you looking at local shows/playdays? Then absolutely she could do barrels. As a rodeo horse? She probably won't ever be able to make it to that level, but you can absolutely enjoy her and have fun on her. She might surprise you and do very well.

Every once in awhile we'll see an incredibly "odd" horse do extremely well in barrels. LoL. And no I'm not saying she is odd. I'm just saying give her a chance.
 

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she looks sutible for barrels! i dont see any big flaws that say uh oh no! but i like her coloring ! she needs alot of trotting or up and down hills to work that butt, she needs muscle tone, but over all shes pretty!
 
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