Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents
That said, I have no need for a handy horse. I'm an arena rider, the most I can do (due to location) is take an occassional gallop through the big pasture to loosen him up. I don't run into gates, cows, brush, etc
When I used the analogy of working cows and opening gates I was actually refering to the yielding of hindquarters and forehand, backing light and collected, turning on hindquarters and generally being a responsive light horse. If you want to do flying lead changes or half-passes then you need a horse that is more than usefull.