Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Love this! All I do now is trail ride so when I'm looking my list falls in two sections, both are non-negotialibles.
1. Overal health and conformation.
a. Hooves- My number one. Indestructible and MUST be sure footed.
b. Conformation - balanced, nice sloping shoulder for a smoother ride.
c. Athletic ability. Can't be a plow horse yet I don't want a racehorse.
Sturdy, strong boned, mid sized, easy to keep, I find Quarabs fit the bill.
d. Teeth - Must have decent to good teeth to digest food easily to keep them
healthy and absorb vital nutrients without requiring extra supplements.
e. Health history - No prior colic, lamentitis, founder etc. I've seen trail horses
prone to these maladies and especially colic can occur while riding miles away from home.
F. Size - Like stated above I like a horse to fall in the 14 to 15 hh range. Super handy
going under things instead of having to find a way around them.
2. Experience, training, and temper.
a. Experience - how long have they been a trail horse, age, prior activities.
I do not like "playday" or barrel trained horses to be my next trail partner.
Just a personal preference. Sure some are fine, just wouldn't take a chance.
b. Training - Have they been trained for trails, can they pull a log, been
desensitized to most things, cross water, roads, stand while mounting,
tie safely, go anywhere anytime meaning not being herd bound.
c. Temper - Quiet, willing, intelligent, spookless, with a can do attitude yet
plenty of whoa. Bold, I like a horse that has a fearless approach to things
instead of always questioning cues and their surroundings.
I've had all kinds and if I follow these guidelines I mostly get it right! I've had horses with more go than I'd like but they made amazing trail horses and endurance partners. I've also had plow type horses that I could take a nap on, and did while riding, they have their purpose but not for me if I want to climb a rough mountain. Now I just look for steady mounts with a brain, calm but not sleepy, with excellent athletic abilities to haul my tail through the forests!
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?
Last edited by FlyGap; 01-24-2012 at 12:07 PM.