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What would she be best as

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        01-27-2010, 09:51 PM
    What would she be best as

    I realize that with any horse you can do just about anything if you train them right however I wonder which she would best suited for: English or Western. It would only be for local shows and stuff and I certainly still am going to learn to ride english with her cause she's a sweet mare but as far as movement wise. A girl rode her this summer in a show(cause I was just not confident enough and it would have ended badly if I had gotten on due to my nervousness) she said that she has a fast trot and her trot is somewhat bumpy. She thought she'd make a good english type horse, in which I would ride saddleseat. So what do you guys think?
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        01-28-2010, 08:49 AM
    I would not suggest saddleseat because most likely your going to be going up against realy flashy saddlebreds, arabs, national show horses, and morgans, and don't take me wrong she is a cute little thing, but up against those kind of horses, the judge probably wont even take a second look at her. Lol I remember my mom signed me up to go in an open english equitation class, and I was on my hunter and we had a realy good ride, but the judge didnt even look at us because we were against all of the realy flashy saddleseat horses, and although my horse is very flashy for a hunter because of his breed, he is nowhere near as flashy as those horses were. She doesnt look like a western horse to me, probably mostly because of her high headset, so overall I would suggest doing hunt seat with her. :)
        01-28-2010, 09:28 AM
    Since it seems like, to me, that she already knows english and since you want to practice english with her, than I'd say she should be an enlish horse.

    I still think she could make a good western horse, also, those bumpy and fast trots can be tamed. I had to tame my mare's trot down and now she trots soooo nice and smooth, I rarely bounce lol
        01-28-2010, 04:29 PM
    I would just like to clareify that any competetions I would be doing would be in the draft arena. At our local shows haffies are considered draft so there would be no morgans and other horses as such. But thanks for the advice so far!

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