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    03-07-2011, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
What is my horse good at?

Couldn't think of a better title. This might sound like a stupid question and I wasn't really sure of where to put it but here goes. How do you know what discipline your horse would be good at? I don't really know how you tell. I've read a lot that different disciplines need different things in a horses conformation but I'm not sure what exactly. I'm sure there is more to it then that. Can anyone give me some help thanks.
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    03-07-2011, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
Can no one tell me???
    03-07-2011, 06:27 PM
What do you enjoy doing? What does your horse enjoy doing?

...go from there.
    03-07-2011, 06:37 PM
Conformation is only part of it. If you horse loves to cut cows and is good at it, you're not going to chalk it up to his conformation. Point in case: Seabiscuit. He was stocky and chunky, but ended up being extremely fast.

It more matters between what was said above: What you like to do and what your horse likes to do. If your horse trusts you enough, it'll do what you ask of it.

Maybe experiment a couple of different disciplines? For example: I contacted a previous owner of my mare's sire. She said they kept one of his other foals, a gelding. He was originally trained for barrels but just didn't put his heart into it. By chance, they happened to use him at a friend's place for roping. He took to it immediately and ended up being his niche.
    03-07-2011, 06:40 PM
Green Broke
Well my horse loves to run, at least I assume he does since he takes off when excited lol. He is an exbarrel racer but he apparently didn't have the speed for it. I am only learning to ride and have done occassional trail rides on other horses. I've never really had the chance to try much. I know you and your horse should enjoy what your doing but I just thought there was more to it.
    03-07-2011, 06:43 PM
Green Broke
He is quite a forward moving horse so I am excited to try some different things with him. I just don't know when I would get the chance.
    03-07-2011, 06:48 PM
You could continue to barrel race on him at small local shows in the spring and summer. Just for fun. He gets to keep his job and you get to have fun. Having just a trail horse is fine too. Trail riding is still a job for your horse and can be fun for you too.

Many horses are just assigned a job that is beneficial for their owners/trainers.
    03-07-2011, 07:09 PM
To the OP- just experiment. Try low-key versions of everything and see what catches your interest!
    03-07-2011, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
I will just try what I can when I get the chance. I don't ride western but my friend does and I've seen and ridden her western pleasure horses. Although he seems to like running if he could slow is canter down a bit I think could have some nice paces for western pleasure.

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