Very interesting question.
I had tried quite a few things with T, and she did everything I asked to the best of her ability. It wasn't until I rode a barrel horse whose heart and soul was into it that I realized that T was doing her best for me, not because she loved it. So, then I paid close attention to the "energy" she used to do what I asked. Definitely a trail horse. Also, enjoyed working cows. She's okay jumping, but heart isn't in it , so cross that off, except for the occasional downed tree across the trail! She's a practical, no nonsense gal, like her owner (haha), so that's that.
Walka, well, he will actually push T out of the way for me to get him and saddle up or work. He just wants to be with me, whatever I want to do. He's certainly showing that he is a good , sane trail horse. His movements are so comfy and smooth, that I would love to try dressage with him. Actually, I'd love to find a good instructor and learn beyond the very basics that I know and apply it to him. I suspect he will take nicely to jumping, but haven't tried it yet with him.
I love finding out what my horses enjoy, and mostly it's what I enjoy too. Right now, they are enjoying being pasture ponies, since I'm a bit challenged energy wise due to the chemo. But that's okay, they still like me hanging out in the pasture with them. Walka even comes right to me and will stay very close while I'm out there.
I guess, the main thing they like is me, and I'm very honored by that. They give me so much and ask for so little. Thank goodness for horses!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".