I'm currently horse shopping for a nice trail horse. I have always had Arabs and did 15 years of endurance on them. Had some wrecks on a crazy one and nearly killed us both. Now my confidence is pretty low. I don't do endurance any longer, just trail ride with my husband. I got a mountain pleasure gaited horse 2 years ago and she is great on the ground but is terrified on the trail! Great in the arena tho. But that isn't what I want to do. I have tried with her for 2 full years and she isn't getting a whole lot better. I "thought" I could bring her around but she is a project and whatever happened to her in her younger years.... she may never completely get over it. She is still a skiddish girl around my husband. She really distrusts men!
Anyway, she is sold to a friend who wants to do arena work with her and that will be good for her.
I'm going to go look at a "trail savy" Appy tomorrow and then on Friday, I'm riding with a friend who has a Morgan she wants to place. I'm not even sure what breed to go with. But I'm looking for one with a calm brain but likes to go forward with some nice trotting and can keep up with my husband's Arab who is NOT very fast but she likes to trot out.
I like the sounds of the Morgan... the set up deal would work for both of us and he's a gelding. I'm NOT set on a gelding but I'm leaning toward that direction. I've had ALL mares except one gelding.
Can anyone tell me what a Morgan is usually like? Calm or no? But then again... baggage can change the whole picture. My mountain pleasure horse, awesome pedigree. Talked to breeders in kentucky and gave them the pedigree info and then told them what she is like and they can't believe it. Does not match to her pedigree at all. So something traumatic happened to her in her life causing her to be afraid and carry no trust. Poor thing....