what should I show Sonny in?

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        04-29-2008, 02:58 PM
    what should I show Sonny in?

    I would really like to show Sonny in something...or at least give him a job that he'll enjoy and be good at.
    At first I was thinking of dressage, but he's like me, and likes to shuffle his feet unless he absolutely has to. So I don't think dressage would be the best choice...though he does like doing flat work.

    Then I was thinking of jumping...but I don't particually like jumping...I'm not good at it, nor does Sonny perk up like other jumpers do when they see a jump...I don't think he really likes it.

    Then I was thinking of English pleasure, so I put on an English saddle...and put his eggbutt snaffle on an english bridle, and he wouldn't go faster than a walk..wouldn't collect or anything. Once I removed the noseband, he was fine.
    So because of the noseband I don't think I'll be able to show English...which is fine with me...doesn't matter

    Then I was thinking of Western pleasure...but I don't like how the horse's head is supposed to be that low to the ground, and how aweful the horse looks while they move (no offense to any western pleasure people out there). So unless the regulations change, I'm definitely not doing western pleasure.

    I was thinking about reining...but that is also hard on the horse's legs, and Sonny is more of a "let's go" horse than a "okay let's stop really quick then turn in circles and get dizzy". I might try it with him, but I don't think he has the right attitude for it.

    Then Fehr mentioned cutting...and I think Sonny might like that, but problem is.....there are no cows to practice on...and there's only one pony at the stables and I don't know how well they get along. So I wouldn't be able to practice or anything.

    Roping might be an idea....but I'd be roping a mini and couldn't do much cause the mini is old.

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    Here's a picture so you all can get a basic idea of how Sonny is built

    He's more of a Quarter Horse build and has Sonny Dee Bar in his bloodlines (not sure if he was famous for anything but Halter...anyone know?)
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        04-29-2008, 04:16 PM
    Depending on the trails you have access to, you could try some entry level endurance riding. There are also long distance trail competitions which are basically the same as endurance riding.

    It seems like a lot of fun. It could be an adventure.

    The Endurance Wiki is a good read.

    The only thing I would caution you about is letting little things like your horse's aversion to nosebands stop you from doing what you like. If you try to work only with Sonny's existing likes/dislikes and his current level of training, you won't get very far. I'm not having a go at him or anything, but when you show you will always encounter situations that your horse is uncomfortable with. You can't let that stop you. You will have to get him over such things.
        04-29-2008, 04:25 PM
    True, as I said...I don't care what I do with Sonny...as long as he enjoys what he's doing and is happy with it. I'm perfectly fine doing really any of the above besides Western Pleasure

    The BO has 45 acres of trails and has access to 55 more acres..I can try endurance trails, but first I got to introduce Sonny to the trails haha
        04-29-2008, 04:36 PM
    Oooh, I think Endurance would be very good.
        04-29-2008, 04:40 PM
    Is endurance done in an English or western? Or doesn't it matter
        04-29-2008, 04:58 PM
        04-30-2008, 09:26 AM
    Green Broke
        05-01-2008, 09:44 PM

    Also, there are special endurance saddles too.
        05-02-2008, 09:49 PM
    Tree - less saddles right? For endurance?
        05-03-2008, 12:15 AM
    Green Broke
    If I was going to do a Endurance ride I would definitely use a Western Saddle :)

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