Barrel horse conformation

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  1. barrelracer08

    barrelracer08 Senior Member

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    I will be getting a new horse in a couple of months, I already have a few on my list if they are not sold by then:p. One is a 4 mare- started in the pattern and has Pacific bailey in her blood lines, the other is a grade 6yr pally mare, that is broke and seen the pattern, and the next is a coming 2yr buckskin gelding, his sister is a really good barrel horse and really nice to train. I really love his build.

    I was wonderning if someone could post pictures of a nice conformation barrel and pole horse, tell me some pointers to look at.

    also whats a good height for a barrel horse? I would say between 15- 16-2'
     
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  2. LVMYQH

    LVMYQH Senior Member+

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    Bigger horses "usually" have a harder time...especially in smaller pens..so NO

    What I look for in a horse is:
    1. Well muscled forearms
    2.nice sloping shoulder
    3. higher neck tie in
    4.medium length back
    5.strong muscular sloped croup
    6.strong gaskins
    7.hocks in between post legged and sickled hocked
    8.correct knees
    9.medium to long neck

    What I stay away from
    1.low neck tie in
    2. short back
    3.overly long back
    4.Straight hocks
    5.bad knees
    6.weak flat croup
    7.bad pastern angles

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    hes a tad over at the knee though and Id like his hocks to be a little lower set...an aged photo of Corona Cartel

    Dash Ta Fame
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  3. BlingRacer

    BlingRacer Senior Member+

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    Though there are good barrel horses that are 16h +, they are the exception and not the rule. You'll see barrel horses anywhere from 14.2-16.2 but the big ones can't run in small pens and the little ones get bogged down in heavy dirt or large pens. I personally think 15.1-15.3 is about perfect.



    Perfect barrel horse confo, IMO, Dash for Perks:

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  4. LVMYQH

    LVMYQH Senior Member+

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    ^^^15.3 is perfect IMO opinion as well
     
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    LVMYQH Senior Member+

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    I see you modified your OP to agree with what Bling and I have said:rolleyez:

    Do you have pics of the horses you are considering?
     
  6. barrelracer08

    barrelracer08 Senior Member

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    1 & 3 are my pick...but can you handle starting a 2 yr old or a 4 yr old? why not get something finished or almost finished?
     
  8. BlingRacer

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    You can't see enough of #2 and #3 is too long in the back, plus I've had bad experiences with Doc's Prescription horses (my mom's own...has an attitude and isn't very fast on top of it.)

    At this point I'd say #1, but you might be better off with an older 4D horse to start with.
     
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    LVMYQH Senior Member+

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    Agree. Honestly, Id keep looking.
     
  10. barrelracer08

    barrelracer08 Senior Member

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    Those are my pick too :). I dont have the money to get a finished one and plus I want one I can train my way. I saving my money for this horse. I want a horse I can train my way-plus if I run into trouble I have alot of trainers near by to help. And plus I knida of miss training a younger horse- tambers no fun because she knows everything I asked of her...lol
     






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