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?)