Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Between two places in Canada!
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Didn't read this whole thread so forgive me if someone has mentioned something along these lines.
I consider my horse well trained. He's competed and proven himself on the Gold circuit and he's got loads of 'features'. He's confident, willing, gentle, powerful, goes in a frame well, has a beautiful form over jumps, and has had dressage tests with comments that say 'absolutely brilliant'. I've given away some of the coolers he's won, because he's won tons.
But do I tell people he's well trained? Nope. He doesn't stand still when I try to get on him. If he gets curious about something, he pops out of a frame and hollows his back. He has an utterly ridiculous fear of cows, which translates into black & white paints & pintos. Are these the signs of a well trained horse? Well, he might be a charm under saddle, but he's no schoolmaster because he hasn't achieved utter discipline in every area.
He's completely beginner safe, bombproof, and lovely, but he isn't perfectly trained.