Originally Posted by oh vair oh
Why don't you try ranch horse pleasure? It's a class designed to combine working ranch horses with western pleasure qualities.
The "standard" western pleasure is very difficult on a horse's hocks. It might also be more difficult for her to get into that slow, suspended, collected frame if she has been used to going a different way her whole life. But, for open showing, you could probably do whatever you wanted to. Age is just a number anyway if she's in shape and has no health problems.
That's exacty what I always think about age on a horse or any animal for the reasonably most part. People always have that "can't teach and old dog new tricks" mentality. I disagree. I think you can pretty much teach most things if you are willing to take the time and effort and your animal is condusive to it but I just thought I would put it out for comments especially since I need to contribute more on this site. She is in very good shape and has always been in beautiful muscular shape and although she has such a nice and comfortable lope, she does not have that type of WP pleasure lope that actually looks like it hurts or they are crippled. ( please nobody take affense to that. I am sure it takes hard work to accomplish that relaxed frame) I will definitely consider the above suggestion. The only thing is, is that I live in an area that does not really have the activities that I think about getting into with my horses other than our ranch and just outback trail riding but recently last year my state was fortunate to gain our own affiliate for Craig Camerons Extreme Cowboy Racing which I have really enjoyed but another one of my horss seems to be more suited for that. Thanks so much for taking the time to rely.