It was pointed out to me by one of my best friends that maybe my mare isn’t the best for barrels and stuff, considering she’s 15 and is a dedicated trail horse. She just seems to like the trails more than anything. My friend pointed out to me that my girl knows her job as a trail horse and thrives on the trails, as that’s all she’s ever known... but my 3 year old gelding is young, impressionable, and still fairly new to training (I’ve been riding him for almost a year and a half, but all he really knows is walk, trot, and canter... nothing else... he’s currently learning how to move away from pressure and is beginning to finally understand how to move off leg and seat cues...). She stated that I should teach him to run barrels and other things instead of my mare. I got to thinking that maybe she’s right. We’d only be doing it for fun and I’ll probably never get serious about it, but I have younger cousin who would love to have a ‘barrel horse’ to ride... even if he’s not all that good or can never go very far. I’d have to probably reteach him everything from the ground up, but it’d be worth it to see my cousins having fun with him if I never get into it.
So, how is my boys conformation? Do you think he’d do all right doing barrels, maybe poles, and possibly a few other things? How is my boys movement?
Dakota is almost 3 and a half year old and stands at just under 15.2 hands. He’s a grade Tennessee Walker. Sorry for the bad quality... my computer’s upload quality is messed up and I’m not sure how to fix it.