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        03-05-2011, 09:21 PM
    What should I train this horse to do?

    I think I am posting this in the right spot. I have a 6 year old mare that is halter broke and I have no idea as to what to train her to do. She is a very smart horse that will do anything that is asked of her but I don't know what discipline her conformation would be best suited for. Can anyone give me any advice? I can get more photos if you need them.

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        03-05-2011, 09:22 PM
    She looks like a racer... does she like to go fast?
        03-05-2011, 09:26 PM
    Not really, she is more of a trotter. Her dam was a welsh pony and saddlebred cross and her sire was a mix of welsh pony, saddlebred, and quarter horse.
        03-05-2011, 10:18 PM
    Well, you already know that she likes to trot rather than go faster. I suggest that you enjoy the treasure hunt of finding out further what she enjoys, then doing that with her.
        03-05-2011, 10:24 PM
    I only know her preferred gait is a trot because that is what she does in the pasture most of the time. I don't even know if I should start her in an english or a western saddle. I have never competed in either, her dam was my trail horse that I rode in a 35 year old hand me down roping saddle. I want her to have a more productive life than that but I want it to be something she can do comfortably with her conformation for a long time.
        03-05-2011, 10:34 PM
    I personally would decide whether you want a western or English horse and then start with the basics of everything and see where it goes.
        03-06-2011, 11:21 PM
    I am pretty sure I would like to ride her in english, I think.
        03-06-2011, 11:25 PM
    Then if I were in your shoes I would start training English, the basics, then go with the basics of every aspect and see what the horse can do.

    It is a terrible shame that I bought what I hoped would be a jumper (I love) and he is looking like a dressage horse (bores me to death).
    It is up to the horse what they can do at the end of the day.
        03-07-2011, 06:56 PM
    That is good advice, I think that is what I will do.
        03-07-2011, 09:08 PM
    Agreed with AlexS. Start her out in what interests you and then see where she develops. With a good foundation a horse can go any direction. I'm currently in the opposite predicament of alexS. My dressage prospect appears to be more of a jumper.

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