Originally Posted by Stirrup
Almost any horse has potential to be a trail horse. (Except mine, lol) does the buyer want him to go to an english home? Since most TBs do. Go out and try him, see how you like him.
I just hate it when people say that. Sure, almost any horse has potential if you are talking about flat, easy trails on soft dirt.
However if you are talking about rugged trail work, almost any horse does NOT have potential - least of all most (not all, of course) Thoroughbreds with frail hooves, bone, and joints.
Please don't think of trail work as only just moseying down the path. For extended and rugged trail work you need strong bone and joints, hard hooves, a short back and thick neck, a powerful rear end, endurance, and a calm and steady, although willing, disposition...