I think cross training is a great way to help the horse and its rider become more well-rounded in different disciplines. Most horses are easily able to make the switch once they grasp the concept of it. Of course, they may not do one thing as well as another. My horse has a huge springy trot on her, which she can easily collect, but she will never be a show-worthy WP horse. The only disciplines that you should strictly avoid are the ones that your horse does not enjoy. They are versatile animals and can do pretty much any discipline to a certain extent. You do not have to restrict yourself to only one discipline - a girl I know has a 13 year old Arabian who literally does it all - sport horse, hunter, equitation, showmanship, western pleasure, green as grass reining, trail, horsemanship, you name it. At the ages of 15 and 9, they won the AHA Legion of Honour and Rider of Champions awards. What has worked the best for me is to see what my horse is best suited to and enjoys, and stick with that.
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