He's bred to run barrels .... so I'm pretty sure I just got lucky that he has these nice and easy gaits. Although he does have a teensy bit of WP blood lines on bottom (Krogs Papdahleo). Saltys Red Rock Quarter Horse
I have no desire to do showing events at a big level. I just like to do the local show circuit for fun. However, if he's got a little bit of potential there, it would be nice to "capitalize" on it. After the holidays, I am going to take some formal English and WP lessons. First on a lesson horse, and then eventually bring him in when I've got some basics down. The English instructor is very knowledgeable with good references; the WP instructor has a national championship on one horse, and she's somewhat new to lessons, so I'll have to feel for her as we go along.
Better videos will have to wait until spring, unless I haul to an indoor at some point. The current ice and snow (and an out-of-shape fat horse) probably wouldn't make for the best video right now.
smrobs: Hmm, I never considered him to have long legs OR a long stride. He's about 15.2 hands. Of course, I was used to my 16.1 gelding before I got him, so Red feels tiny to me in that comparison.
He does tend to be front end heavy, and in those videos I was not helping because I know I was leaning forward in order to balance my egg and keep my dollar. (Sacrifice good riding form to keep those things!!) So it does take some effort to keep him collected on his back end and driving from it.
He does have the capability to have sloooooooow gaits (again, just think I got super lucky with him). I had him at a reining trainer for 30 days this past spring and I went up 5 or 6 times to do lessons on him while he was there. When he is relaxed, and listening, wow!
I honestly think that was the "slowest" horse I have ever personally ridden.
Now if I can just keep him sound, we'll be good to go!
Thank you for the compliments, everyone. If he wasn't such a dang good horse, I wouldn't be sticking all this lameness $$$$$ into him, but I so very want to find a way to keep him sound because I want to compete with him. He's really going to be a good all-around horse that can do anything.
Sure, he can be wound up tighter than a spring on some days, and he certainly has that barrel horse spunk to him, but he also can be a nice little western pleasure horse on some days. He's certainly not lacking in the personality department.