Absolutely gorgeous stud, very worthy of his man bits.
mayfieldk, I think that is kind of an offensive statement toward the western world. I know many well trained horses that love their jobs and I don't consider it a "rare find" at all. If you would like me to start naming them, I will.
an offensive statement toward the western world; it's fallen into a huge horrible hole of unhappy, unnatural horses, bloody sides, and abusive training. Don't believe me? Have you heard about the abuse case standing against Cleve Wells, one of the AQHA's top trainers? He's being sued, and Ariat, Horseware, among other sponsers, have already dropped him for the 2009 year.
I went to the University of Findlay for Western training and trained before that with a multiple AQHA and APHA world champion, with cow horses AND pleasure horses.
I know the western world very, very well.
Most horses today hate their job, hate the bits that are yanked in their mouth because they are not handled correctly, and are far, far from any kind of collection because their hip gets turned out and their legs trail behind. For every 'happy' horse you tell me, I could should you 20 videos/movies of unhappy ones, if not more.
I believe, however, my complement was not backhanded. They trained their horse correctly, and anymore in the show world, that's not happening. They took the time it takes to do it right.