A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily?
Thoroughbreds primarily, also have a Percheron and Paso Fino B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.
Thoroughbred #1: Love his great, playful demeanor and the fact that he seriously gives everything when I ask him to. I take him from an eventing competition to a leisurely walk down the trails and he's completely at ease. However, he gets anxious in new places, as most TBs do, and screams a lot away from home. I've been taking him to a lot of places recently, which seems to help.
Thoroughbred #2: She never stops working and never gets tired. This is her best and worst breed-specific characteristic. I've taken her on the trails for 4+ hours, and have to restrain her at the end from working too hard because her body is not ready for what she wants to do, however fast her mind might be working. Her nervous energy makes her weave, which I can't fathom as she has 24/7 access to pasture from her stall.
Percheron: Love her laid-back temperament and in-your-pocket personality. She's very personable and will follow you around her pasture looking for attention. Yesterday I spent twenty minutes just standing with her head on my shoulder, she's very calm. Her worst draft horse aspect is her God-awful canter. I have to stretch before I ride her or I get cramps when she picks up the canter. Still a long ways from when I got her, when she could canter for only a few strides!
Paso Fino: We've had him for 22 of his 25 years, and he is the perfect horse. Still pretty hot at his old age, but typically when I'm riding him and he knows he can give me more go. Completely beginner-safe horse with other horses on the trail and VERY smooth gaits. Worst aspect is his stubborness. He's very buddy-sour towards "his" miniature mare, and will scream the entire ride if I take him on trail alone. and finally, C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
Thoroughbred 1: Eventing and trail riding, pretty typical for OTTBs
Thoroughbred 2: Dressage and trail/hacking, somewhat typical, and barrel racing (not typical)
Percheron: Trail riding, reining, and (don't laugh!) Western Pleasure locally.
Paso Fino: We've taken home ribbons in Easy-Gaited eq and pleasure (actually Grand Champion twice running), speed events, bareback classes, reining, I ride him bridleless, do lots of trail riding, and have even jumped him. Very well rounded for a Paso.
Excel (TB1): IMG_1225 - Copy.jpg IMG_0515.jpg
Molly (TB2): IMG_1845.jpg IMG_0621.jpg
Lenox (Perch): IMG_1611 - Copy.jpg edit.jpg
Arthur (Paso): DSC02758.jpg