Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
He is a cute guy ;) That said, his gaits aren't very flashy (bear in mind this is coming from a dressage rider ;)), but it doesn't sound like you are looking for that. He does have a more "westerny" type look to him as you put it, it looks like it wouldn't be too hard to make that trot more of a jog, as it doesn't cover much ground and his feet don't come off the ground very high.I would just worry about it becoming more of a shuffle than a jog for that reason though. I would say you would probably do well in working ranch horse type classes depending on his manners you might be able to pull off some western pleasure. Local level shows he would probably clean up in anything you put him in ;) He could do hunter under saddle, but isn't swingy enough to go against the big guys I would say. He had a nice active walk, I really like his walk. Didn't see canter, but based on the rest of the movement, I would guess it may naturally be a bit lateral.
Good Luck in whatever you decide to do!
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