Kim A. wrote:In regards to barrel horse prospects:
What is the first thing you look at when assessing a prospect?
What do you require in conformation?
What type of front end do you prefer: square or V?
How big would your ideal barrel horse be?
If you had to choose between two horses with equal try, would you prefer to compete on a horse with more brains and less braun, or vice versa?
Thank you in advance.
When I am looking for a prospect, bloodlines are usually what get me to look at the prospect - but eye appeal is the deciding factor.
I like what everyone likes: a big hip, good bone, straight legs etc… But what I require is a horse that is elevated in his headset and withers. This is not always easy to see when you’re looking at yearlings or even two year olds because they grow in stages and knowing if their withers are going to be higher than their hip at 5 years of age can be tough. I like a lot of angle on a horse’s hind legs. I also want my horses slightly narrower in the front than the back. As far as size goes, I’ve had success with horses 14 hands up to 16 hands but I probably prefer horses right around 15 hands.