03-14-2012, 06:58 PM
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I do, kind of. I have some ranch horses and then I ride some polo ponies that we use on cattle to give them a change of pace. Some pretty big differences there.
But, even among the ranch horses, we have some differences depending on who trained them. One gets used in calf roping, so all I have to do to get a great stop is put my hand forward onto his neck and leaning or turning my upper body gets good turns. One was trained by someone who fancied themself a reining pro. His best work is when we use our feet (and weight shifts) to signal for turns and stops. Some were trained by kids and they pretty much handle like dude horses. Right to go right. Left to go left. Pull back to stop.
Then, there are a couple places where I work every year that have realllll nice darn-near, bridle horses (the owners claim they still need work). Shifting my weight, a touch of the reins, it all happens. It seems like I just have to think of what we need to do and they do it. I'm not talented or skilled enough, nor have the time, to make one like that.
Have fun learning with yours.