Originally Posted by horsequeen373
So I'm riding 6 horses for this couple at my church but there is one, Tango, who is 3, has a little bit of training not a lot though. The owners say that I can do whatever with him, they just want him to be able to make some money.
So what discipiline should I train him in? I was thinking just making him a trail horse since this will be my first time training a horse and that seems like it would be the easiest thing to do (I may be wrong though since I haven't trained before). But there is also the possibility of saddle seat...I also think he would make a good jumper (I know that's not normal for TWH but I've seen it before).
I have only ridden hunters and a little bit of western but depending on what I decide to train him in, I'd take lessons in that discipline.
So opinions on discipline?
They want him to make some money - doing what?
Do they want to make money from selling HIM? Or do they want HIM to make money by winning in the show ring?
Either way. . .TWHs are already a dime a dozen in many parts of the country, so unless he has really fabulous bloodlines and an excellent gait, chances aren't good that they'll get a lot of money by selling him unless the market picks up again.
Honestly, you'll need to discuss it with the owners to find out exactly what they have in mind for this horse. It's difficult enough for horses to "make money" when their owners have some sort of plan.
In the meantime, don't try to burn up the trail by gaiting the horse all the time. The horse should be relaxed in the gait. As Corino said, there should be a head-nod/head-shake when the horse is gaiting. Some TWHs will slip into a pace or stepping pace (especially if they are from padded horse bloodlines), or they will rack (which is also fast and smooth, but not to be mistaken for a correct running walk, and it is harder on the horse).
The TWH is a versatile breed, and the TWHBEA and NWHA both have versatility programs available that you (and the horse's owners) can look into, to decide what direction they'd like to go.