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    12-08-2010, 06:26 PM
Which discipline should my horse go into? Opinions please :)

Okay so I know this is vague, and its hard to tell what a horse could do by looking at pictures and descriptions, but ill give it a shot :)

I have a 4 year old Paint (appendix Quarter horse X Paint)
Solid bred, Jet black. She's about 15.1 hands and is a very smart horse, quick on her feet, learns incredibly fast, and is not afraid of much. She is the kind of horse that has had constant attention since birth. I got her at 7 months, and she really only responds super well to me riding her. So I know she's a one or 2 person type horse. Other than that, I have worked since I got her to get her desensitized to as much scary as possible (she been exposed to tarps, water, gates, stalls, loud objects, tractors, lawn mowers, and much more). She is only green broke, but I have ridden her in English, Aussie, bareback and western tack. She has most of her experience bareback. She has been ridden in a hackamore, snaffle bit, and side pull. I have not had time to canter her under saddle as I am now at school :( HOWEVER my problems shall be fixed next spring :) She is going in to training down by my school at a local barn that I checked out and will work for while she is there. Okay now here is my question, which discipline is best for a speedy, extremely intelligent horse with a ton of heart? She has an amazing trot, but man she can really fly around corners and straightaways, what do you all think?

I am a novice at barrel racing, no nothing about reining, minus the whole sliding stop and awesome roll back, and I have done a little western pleasure. Most of my experience is with therapuetic riding for disabled kids, trails, and basic arena work. Im more an all around person, but I so want my horse to excel as she is unlike any other horse I have ever worked with. So please help me if you can :)

This is a link of her when she was a yearling, but you can see her movement, it hasnt changed much. Lol

PS Obviously I will be working on basics (WTC) beforehand since she is still only greenbroke. Im talking future work, so I can get to know the skill before she learns is, thus no green on green. Lol
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    12-08-2010, 06:28 PM
More pics :)
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    12-09-2010, 07:31 PM
How does she look over a fence? Her legs make me think hunter.... Maybe gaming if she's fast and lightfooted which she looks like in the video.
    12-09-2010, 08:50 PM
In agreement with Ak1, I am thinking hunter. Over fences if her style is nice, which judging by her confo and movement, I'm sure it is , I think she would make a stunning hunter-over-fences. She has very nice flat movement through the knee and a very nice natural self-carriage. Yes, definitely hunter!
    12-09-2010, 11:17 PM
I thought the same thing actually, but I am a novice definitely in hunter. I can get lessons though :) I would LOVE to show her someday, I am so excited :) Thanks so much for the input!!
    12-09-2010, 11:20 PM
MoheganSun thanks so much, she carries herself extremely well. She's definitely my baby!! I just have no idea what to look for as far as movement within the disciplines. So thanks for the info and compliment.
    12-10-2010, 12:00 AM
Lakota mom,
She is really cute and could do absolutely anything. One thing, in the short video I noticed that you clucked to her kind of constantly, even when she was going. I mean you gave the cue to go and she was going and you kept giving the cue. You will dull her out to that. You want to sharpen her responses, so you give the cue, and when she goes you do NOTHING until you really want a change again. I have the same habit of clucking to the horse way too much, until it's just background noise to them.
    12-10-2010, 12:08 AM
Haha yeah I definitely have that habit too. This video is almost 4 years old, and lately i've cut it out. She was just learning what a click meant and actually in that video I had a rope that I would swing when she stopped moving. I was trying to video tape at the trot while teaching a yearling how to go around a round pen properly and hold a pace No fun. But luckily I have cut way back on the clicking and barely have to look at her to get her to keep her pace. For that much thank goodness, the clicking is annoying!! But thank you for the advice, I appreciate any I can get!! I will definitely pay more attention to that, its a very good point to make.
    12-10-2010, 02:02 PM
WOW she looks incredibly smooth. Must be an absolute dream to ride ^^
I definitely agree with the people who said she'd make a nice hunter, she has excellent movement for it (and your sitting trot would kill in the show ring with as smooth as she looks)!
I love the way she's built, I have a thing for stocky built horses :P Not drafts so much, but nice solid looking horses if you know what I mean.
She kind of reminds me of my boy
    12-10-2010, 04:24 PM
Barrels and roping.
Cutting but ut could be hard to teach a horse cutting, though she is still young so you teach her that's. :)

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