Western (two years old)
Western (three years old)
English (three years old)
Please note that I’m not a good english rider at all. I’m a western rider... and can count the number of times I’ve ridden english on one hand. Also note that the boy riding is still relatively new to riding. I’m working on become a better english rider and he’s slowly working on becoming a better rider period.
So... what would you train him in if he was your horse? One of my cousins is wanting me to teach him to barrel race once I get an arena built (once it stops being so darn rainy...)... and I’m also thinking of teaching him poles and maybe see if he’s anything like my mare and likes to jump. I took him over a very small (maybe 8 inches off the ground and only about 9 inches wide) log the other day (I was expecting him to trot over it or slow to a walk and carefully step over it like he normally does when we have to go over something) and he surprised me by hopping over it like he’d been doing it all his life. We do occasionally have to ‘bounce’ over things on trails, but he’s always just stepped over them (where my mare will be one of the first to jump almost anything at least 6 inches high on the trail... she loves to jump things, though we don’t jump too often).
Also ,sorry for the bad picture quality... photobucket doesn’t really cooperate with me too often and the english riding photo’s were taken from a video.