The Horse Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I havn't officially introduced Sky yet. She is a 5 year old Paint. She only has a year of training but was worked with extensively and so far has made an awsome trail horse. I was hoping she would make a good barrel horse, so please critique away.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,175 Posts
could you get pics of her on more solid ground? some thing about her back feet. They look almost clubed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
I could try but the entire property is pretty uneven. There's not really any flat ground until you get to the paved road about half a mile away. That particular spot she's standing in is a little deep in sand also, so that might be making her feet look funny. I had the farrier out on Thursday to trim her and he said she had really nice looking feet. In what way do they look clubbed?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,163 Posts
She looks a tad chubby to me, but I may just be hallucinating. Maybe it's just her head?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
She looks a tad chubby to me, but I may just be hallucinating. Maybe it's just her head?
It's not you, she's definately chubby but we're working on that.

She looks nice, Although she looks camped in.
She does look camped in, I never noticed that before.

Does anyone have an opinion on her conformation when it comes to barrel racing?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48,980 Posts
How old is she? She is camped under in the hind legs (sickle hocked is the other word for that) and her back is quite flat. It almost has the mildest of hunter bumps in front of the pelvis. That and the way she stands camped under make her look like her back is out or something. But it's not, right?

Her hind hooves are very upright, and that's what looked kind of club footed, but the soft earth makes it hard to see clearly.
Her front legs are nice and straight and she seems to have good bone, all around.
Her neck is set on a bit low, and very much undermuscled, but that might be her youth. Head is kind of big in relation to the body.
I cannot say how she is for barrels. My knowledge of what makes a good barrel horse is just not there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,163 Posts
Oh ok. I thought I was going crazy for a second there. What color is she? She looks like a blue roan but I could be wrong.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
How old is she? She is camped under in the hind legs (sickle hocked is the other word for that) and her back is quite flat. It almost has the mildest of hunter bumps in front of the pelvis. That and the way she stands camped under make her look like her back is out or something. But it's not, right?

Her hind hooves are very upright, and that's what looked kind of club footed, but the soft earth makes it hard to see clearly.
Her front legs are nice and straight and she seems to have good bone, all around.
Her neck is set on a bit low, and very much undermuscled, but that might be her youth. Head is kind of big in relation to the body.
I cannot say how she is for barrels. My knowledge of what makes a good barrel horse is just not there.
As far as I know her back is fine. I havn't had any behavior issues that might be considered pain related either. She did toss her head a lot when I first got her but that has gotten a million times better since I changed her bit.
Thank you for your feed back. In the very least I can do my own research for what that all means for a barrel horse.

Oh ok. I thought I was going crazy for a second there. What color is she? She looks like a blue roan but I could be wrong.
I was told she's a sabino. I named her Sky because she reminds me of a cloudy day and I assumed all that red in her coat would eventually be gone. Now that her winter coat is coming in she's looking even redder. Oh well, she looks like a cloudy day with a lot of smog.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,222 Posts
She looks a tad betterin that last picture, but theres still something very strange about her back.

Honestly though I don't know how to critique her. In each of those pictures she almost looks like a different horse. In the first, her conformation looked absolutely terrible. Short neck, upright pasterns, bad coupling, camped under. In the second, her neck looks to be a fine length, but she appears even more camped under.

All I can really tell you is that it's probably best that you keep her as a trail horse. Her back looks very iffy, and I don't think barrel racing will do her any favorts. Her color and face are adorable though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Just out of curiosity, if someone can pinpoint what it is about her back that looks so troubling, I could look into it more.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,222 Posts
I'm thinking it's a roached back, and then she has a fair to poor topline which makes it appear more dramatic. It isn't severe, but it's enough that you need to be careful with her, and allow her to build up lots of muscle and a better topline at a slow, even pace.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
What are some good ways to do that with her? She isn't trained in barrels so anything would be kinda slow right now. I've taken her around them at a walk and a trot and her turns are really nice, but other than that we have just been trail riding. I'm in no hurry to rush her into it, so I'm perfectly willing to give her what she needs first.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,222 Posts
If you did decide to do barrels (I'm not for it, but it is your horse) I'd recommend a vet check first. Point out her back, have them do a thorough exam. If they give you the go ahead, then you'd need to start with LOTS and LOTS of walking and trotting. How often do you trail ride? To be fit for barrels, she'd need to build up to 30+ minutes of straight trotting.

Can she do a flying lead change? If not, you'll need to teach her to change leads quickly and accurately. Start doing serpentines and circles, gradually making them tighter and tighter. Do some canter work and build her up to 5-10 minutes of cantering. Teach her to yeild her hindquarters, bend into her circles, and teach her to stay in frame. That's the only way you're going to improve her topline.

The biggest fault I see in barrel horses is that they're underdeveloped and hold their heads high when they're running. You'll want hers down and her body rounded, to counteract her back. Once she can do all of that and can canter for a while without being too winded, then I'd get another vet check, and begin her barrel training.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,047 Posts
This horse is not blessed with great conformation (but I bet she has a great disposition!). Her neck is short and poorly placed which will make it difficult for her to roll back onto hind legs and shift her weight to the rear to slow for turns or to change leads with a rider on her back. Her back is stiff looking and too straight into a peaked and steep croup. She is stiff looking through the barrel.

Her hind legs are sickle hocked. This is partly due to how her entire hindquarter is built with the high peak and steep croup. The stiffness in her back is likely due to the straightness of it and the sickled hocks. Of course, if she is stiff in the back, the standing under herself will help take pressure off her back.

This horse needs caveletti work and hills.. trotting up hills with a loose rein and your weight in the stirrups and forward off her back. This will build her "ring of Muscles" that support the entire hourse during athletic endeavors INCLUDING trail riding.

She is not physically ready for barrel racing at all. She needs lots of circles, spirals in and out, caveletti, serpentines and practice at changing speed IN a gait and BETWEEN gaits. When you can get smooth transitions.. extension and collections IN a gait (trot) and smooth transisitons without head tossing or resistance between gaits (trot to walk, Walk to trot, walk to halt, trot to halt first then canter.. trot to canter, walk to canter, canter to trot and canter to walk) you can then start Barrel training. I would not expect a stellar performance but you will learn a HUGE amount in the process.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Ok thanks. I will definitely get her checked before I make any final decisions.
We trail ride about 3 times a week but I could make it more if I needed too.
She can't do a flying lead change yet. Her previous owner didn't bother with small details like that. He bombproofed her and that was about it. She does neck rein and yeild her hind quarters though.
Thank you for all your advice, I'm glad to have a starting point as I didn't realise how much work she actually needed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
This horse is not blessed with great conformation (but I bet she has a great disposition!). Her neck is short and poorly placed which will make it difficult for her to roll back onto hind legs and shift her weight to the rear to slow for turns or to change leads with a rider on her back. Her back is stiff looking and too straight into a peaked and steep croup. She is stiff looking through the barrel.

Her hind legs are sickle hocked. This is partly due to how her entire hindquarter is built with the high peak and steep croup. The stiffness in her back is likely due to the straightness of it and the sickled hocks. Of course, if she is stiff in the back, the standing under herself will help take pressure off her back.

This horse needs caveletti work and hills.. trotting up hills with a loose rein and your weight in the stirrups and forward off her back. This will build her "ring of Muscles" that support the entire hourse during athletic endeavors INCLUDING trail riding.

She is not physically ready for barrel racing at all. She needs lots of circles, spirals in and out, caveletti, serpentines and practice at changing speed IN a gait and BETWEEN gaits. When you can get smooth transitions.. extension and collections IN a gait (trot) and smooth transisitons without head tossing or resistance between gaits (trot to walk, Walk to trot, walk to halt, trot to halt first then canter.. trot to canter, walk to canter, canter to trot and canter to walk) you can then start Barrel training. I would not expect a stellar performance but you will learn a HUGE amount in the process.
Thanks. I really just want to have fun with her and any performance she can give will be fine with me. Hills are hard to find here. Plenty of mountains but not the best footing. As for the rest of it, I can definitely work on all that. I'm thinking of getting my trainer back that helped me with one of my other horses. I am actually looking forward to all that I can potentially learn with her.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,222 Posts
Absolutely! if nothing else, the two of you will form a better line of communication, and she'll be in much better shape. And who knows? Maybe there is a little bit of barrel horse hidden in there ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48,980 Posts
I am glad that Elana and Endiku better explained what I was seeing in her back. She is a cute horse, and has really good bone. If she becomes a stellar trail horse, there's a lot to be said for that!
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top