what should i do with my horse?
ok so many of you know twitch my little rescue horse we think he is a saddlebred or saddlebred mix he is about 2 years old and i plan on starting riding late next year i want to show him as a grade horse later but i have no idea what to do with him! i have always done speed events and all i'm told twitch was gaited i have yet to see him gait other than walk trot and canter i have not ridden him yet ether i want to do something that will take advantage of his speed but also use his graceful laid back personality i'm a bit worried his legs will be too long for cutting barrels or weaving poles
what do you think?
if he was yours what kind of showing would you do with him?
what do you think he will be good at?
what are some features that tell you he will be good at your choice?
(NOTE:i know he is still skinny i've only had him 3 1/2 months he will get built up in time the string tests (both that i've tried ) put him at 16-17hh i honestly don't think he will get that big he is 14.2 now)
He's looking so much better than he was.
Maybe start him off slow in a few western w/t classes when you get him under saddle next year.
Spring next year you can try for in-hand stuff, showmanship and in-hand trail to get him use to going to the show grounds.
w/t? and thanks he is 1,000% better i already have him doing light excersize to build up muscle and the vet is happy i hope to start him about next november/december 1-2 times a week under saddle once he is strong
w/t is walk-trot classes. see how he acts under saddle in the ring, which will probably be spring 2015 unless you find any winter shows. But you could take him next year and show in-hand at some open shows
ahh ok and probably will be that spring before i start showing him i want him well under saddle before i go to shows he is really laid back though i don't think he is gonna be a problem i set things on his back all the time and even tarps and scarry things he accepts he will hide behind me if he is really scared but hasn't spooked or ran off once yet from anything
as for hand trail he would probably be really good at that he will go anywhere with me and has learned back up really well and were still working on moveing away from gates but he will get there i might try hand trail and i'm thinking maby some halter showing think he would be good at that?
any other suggestions ideas or plans?
what about jumping? im leary of it with his toothpick legs but he free jumps in the pasture on his own his nicname is bambi cause of how he jumps he looks like a deer
Honestly, there is no telling what he'll be good at until he gets more weight and you get him in training. Then you will get a feel for what he's capable of and you can go from there. Once the basics are down solidly, start introducing him to all sorts of disciplines or activities and one may really stick out. You likely won't want to run speed events or do any jumping for a few more years, as it can damage still growing bones and joints. I wouldn't base anything on his current condition or age - he's still growing and he'll be going through gangly, awkward phases interspersed with nicer, more balanced ones for at least another year or two.
If you wish to show before he's riding, I'd focus on showmanship. Showmanship is judged on how well you and your horse are presented, and how well you show an in-hand pattern. You can absolutely do halter classes, but he is a long way from being fit for a halter show. Halter is judged soley on the horse's confirmation per individual breed standard - essentially, looking for the best representation of the Saddlebred breed in looks, build, and body condition, including appropriate muscling. In-hand trail classes are great, but the majority of shows only offer it for yearlings; most assume you'll be showing in riding classes as a 2 or 3 year old. Regardless, you can still teach your horse to handle those in-hand trail maneuvers.
Good luck! He's coming right along.
thanks for the sugestions
I think maybe your feed regimen needs changed. I would expect after 3.5 months he would be at normal weight and look healthier.
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