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    08-18-2013, 04:50 PM
They are different. And just to throw that out here, not all trainers are capable( or willing) to work with them.
They also get bored easily and come up with stuff to amuse themselves.
You say he's a dream on the trails....ride him there mainly. Keep schooling to a minimum and think about Competitive Trail or Endurance. He might bloom....
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    08-18-2013, 04:59 PM
He is pretty good at the walk, but at the trot he won't turn to the left very well at all.
    08-18-2013, 05:00 PM
And I have been thinking of endurance. We would both really love it, as we are both VERY adventurous. My friends think he is too old, though. What do you guys think? He does not look or act his age, lol.
    08-18-2013, 05:06 PM
Years wise he's just coming in his prime. If he's physically sound, I don't see why you couldn't do it. Just start out slow and condition thoroughly and know when to take it easy....he might not tell you
    08-18-2013, 05:07 PM
If he doesn't turn left well and chiro/pain/vision/tack fit issues are all ruled out, it sounds like that is where you start. Generally you want to do things evenly, but if turning left is where his stiffness shows, then you need to spend more time bending to the left. Is he perfectly balanced to the left at a walk, or just better at a walk? If he's not perfect, work at that in both gaits. I really like figure 8's too, trying to get them nice and round can be a challenge. Can he easily get his nose to your foot on both sides when you ask him to standing still? If not, work on that as well. All flexibility and suppleness will help him- part of it is him learning what you want and are asking, but part of it is just getting his muscles and body to where he CAN stretch and bend properly.

If he is a very happy pony out on the trails, work him there. If you find a field or open space, you can do serpentines and figure 8 just as easily in the wide open! I love arabians- they have so much character. Do you have any pictures to share? I'd love to see your boy!

There's a book, Endurance 101, that has some great info for humans and horses new to the sport. I've read it cover to cover a few times- easy to read and you don't have to be an endurance guru to get a lot out of it.
    08-18-2013, 05:09 PM
Green Broke
Lets see this crazy man!
    08-18-2013, 05:17 PM
Hold on, I'll go get on the computer and post a few pics! Keep in mind these are from before he was conditioned. He is very, very VERY fat in the pics I have, lol.
    08-18-2013, 05:39 PM
Ahhh crap! My computer wont let me post pics.
    08-18-2013, 07:04 PM
Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
ahhh crap! My computer wont let me post pics.
how so? Do you use photobucket? We can prob help.
    08-18-2013, 07:37 PM
It wouldn't let me upload the pic off my desktop.

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