Someday I want to be able to train my Bashkir Curly mare to be an all-around horse. This mare is built, so my dad also wanted to use her for logging (smaller logs, nothing near what a team of belgians would be faced with). Logging involves alot of pulling back on the harness, and essentially would be teaching her to push against pressure. Then pleasure driving would be more calmly floating along. For her to feel pressure against the harness she would really have to be pulling, and that would mean gaining quite a bit of speed.
Is there any way I can get her really to understand when I want her to be the burly logging horse, the pleasure driver, and the calm cool and collected mount? Does anyone have horses that are truly all around? (Mainly logging/riding). I really want her to be a trail horse, but the seller with my father was having a working horse. Most of the work she would do is getting cedar posts to make fences for the horse pasture. These posts are not that heavy. I can carry them most of the time, and at least drag them.
Right now she is 4 years old, and I do not plan on driving her with any weight untill at least 5 or 6. Before anything I want her to be broke to ride, and untill then I won't worry too much.