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    10-18-2008, 12:43 AM
Joshua is a 3 1/2 year old gelding. He's a bit faded in this pic. Our trainer chose him for us. His good points: he has a kind eye, is very willing, CALM, doesn't spook, and is developing a good muscular body. The not so good...he's a bit long backed and is only three.

My girlie (10 1/2) can ride him without a saddle or bit. We've had him since July and it's really neat to see how he's grown. His rear end is getting big. He had a line like a comma that you could see from the rear view. That's filling in nicely. He was an arena horse and had been stalled but he's been running around in the the dry lot and pasture since we've had him.

So, to me, a good trail horse has decent conformation and a good attitude.

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    10-18-2008, 06:51 PM
I look for level-headedness and nice movement and willing to please
    10-22-2008, 01:56 PM
Depends what branch of western you wanna try. I recommend buying a quarter horse. Look for breeding specific to what you wanna try.
    10-24-2008, 05:36 PM
Pleasure breeding is usually along the lines of Zippo Pine Bar...
    10-24-2008, 07:48 PM
Originally Posted by Löhnr    
Depends what branch of western you wanna try. I recommend buying a quarter horse. Look for breeding specific to what you wanna try.
Agreed. You don't want to buy a halter bred horse if you're getting into Pleasure and vise-versa.
    10-25-2008, 02:43 PM
She already said she wants to do pleasure...
    10-27-2008, 10:39 AM
I agree with harlee but I want to mention a few....fleet machine,
Hesa Dirty Rocki ,Ultimate Charisma,
Alotta Charisma ,Mr Norfleet, Sonny Bar Dee,Mr Fancy Bonanza,

Hardly Intimidated AQHA,
Ima Switch Hitter,
sacred indian

    11-10-2008, 08:01 PM
Disposition is really important in a pleasure horse. You need a horse that is really quiet and not easily distracted. You have to be able to trust the horse, because as you know in pleasure the horse is often shown with a draped rein. It would be good to find a horse with a bit of experience since you are new to the disipline yourself. Movement wise you want a horse that moves slow, but true to the gate. You don't want the lope to be where the horse isnt engaging in the hind end and using its hocks. It is also a big plus to get a horse that naturally wants to carry its head low. That will save you a lot of training hours in the future.
    11-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Now having a Pleasure horse to me, means something totally different. When I think of a "Pleasure" horse, I think of a horse that I ride, for pleasure the opposite of a "working" horse like you would find on a ranch or in a stock yard.
    11-11-2008, 03:35 PM
If you REALLY wanna be successful, look for a horse that naturally carries its head low...good top line!

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