I have a rescued supposedly, paintxtwh cross. Cant really be sure except his dam was paint, and the only stallion on property where she was purchased was a big red twh type.
He is stunted and small, and will probably not breach 14hh when fully grown. His dam was 15.1, just shy of 2, and his supposed sire was 16hh give or take.
I got him with no intentions other then getting him healthy. He has a leg injury as well, no tendon or joint damage but all the hide had been ripped from the hock, all the way around.
While talking with my vet about his potential career optoins, he suggested letting him grow for a good long while before attempting saddle breaking, but maybe driving would be a good option. He didnt have any specifics on driving, as he deals mainly with english and western pleasure types, but said I should perhaps look into it.
Ive always liked the thought of driving, and did in fact drive minis on a farm where I worked as a kid, with my older sister, and a seasoned mini. We got to take him about the pasture for some exercise now again.
Im older and bigger now and have concerns. Like when would I start this training, where to take him, how to train him, and most of all would he be able. He is a very sensible young horse, at 22mths we have walked all over our neighborhood, which is a strange sight for my poor neighbors. Me totting a little colt along like a dog. He has no fear of traffic, or streets, random objects hitting him or people coming up and gushing over him. He adores the attention. But structurally, what is required of a driving animal? are there specifics that need to be there? Like good shoulder, strong hip? Would this put to much on his body? Im not thinking of now, of course, but sooner then say 6yrs old, which is when my vet suggested I wait to put a rider on him. I would love if he could have a job other then pasture puff, but will accept happily if he cannot.
all tips,hints,advice welcome.
and my fave pic thus far.