Thank you so much for the kind replies.
I live in the Four Corners area. To the north and east of us are the La Plata/San Juan /Weminuche Mountains, to the west of us is rolling hills in the Mesa Verde area, to the south is New Mexico, so we can find a variety of trails. Fall in the mountains here are pretty special with all the color.
And yes, like most gaited horses, my guy is a sweetie, which is what I need. I had ridden (never owned) all my life on well trained horses, and when I got my own which was not, I realized how much I didn't
know. But he is very willing and patient with me, and we are making great strides! I love just spending time with him.
Aren't our trail buddies a joy and a blessing?