I'm considering training Red (3yr MFT gelding) for speed events. Has anyone used, or seen, a gaited in speed events? He's small (at the moment), quick, and very intelligent. I've watched him in the pasture and he can really stop and turn in a heart beat. Much better than Loki xD I'd be doing stuff like barrels and poles, maybe keyhole (if I can figure out what it is )
I want to train Loki for things like halter, showmanship, and later on saddle classes. He's very good on the ground, stops when I stop and gaits when I speed up, turns, etc. His color certainly makes him pop out of a crowd >-<
I am also considering doing trail classes with good ol' Sam. I've started working him under saddle and on day two he's been neck reining, working of leg cues, and going on a slack rein. In trail-like classes I'm assuming they judge how well you work with your horse, and more or less ignore the looks Sam has a big clunker head (dad claims he's part camel).
I've seen a trail class before and it was very laid back and relaxed--just the kind of thing I like Sam to be doing.