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post #11 of 14 Old 12-10-2013, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post

Look at it this way. A WP horse is like a Ferrari and a pleasure horse rode western is like a normal car (Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota, etc.) Both can be drove/rode but the normal car won't handle anything like a sports car. The sports car will be more precise and responsive. Same with the WP horse if it was trained for it.

Can you trail ride with a WP horse? Sure but don't expect to do well in WP with a western rode pleasure horse.
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So my sister could ride him on the trails and still do 4H shows decently?
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-10-2013, 04:42 PM
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I'm not familiar with 4H either. It could be possible I guess. It just will depend on what training he actually received or didn't.
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post
I'm not familiar with 4H either. It could be possible I guess. It just will depend on what training he actually received or didn't.
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Very true. We had someone out to work lightly with him. She shows WP and said he was very responsive and seemed like he knew a lot.

I will just have to figure all this out for sure in the spring I guess.

4H is really low level showing. It's the stuff kids do at county/community fairs.
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Yes, if he's got decent training, either WP or not, then she'll do just fine on him in 4H. Whoever rides him just needs to be aware that he's likely to be really soft in the face and on his sides so very little cue is necessary. Also, don't get after him if he slows down when you put leg on; like OVO said, some WP horses have a spur stop in their training.

Since you've got a friend with experience in that discipline who has ridden the horse, you might think of getting your sister some lessons with her to learn the ins and outs of his training and how to get the most from him.

As for riding him on trails, that's anyone's guess. There are a lot of horses, especially show horses, that never see the outside of an arena so they are completely unprepared for the sights and sounds of an actual trail. Some turn into Mr Hyde and others just get a bit looky, depending on their temperament. Either way, I'd make sure that there was an experienced rider on him the first few times you take him out on a trail, just in case he has a come-apart.

He's a pretty guy and I'm sure he'll make a great all-around horse for your little sister .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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