05-07-2008, 01:20 PM
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Have you looked into Trail or Western Horsemanship classes? These are fun, because there are patterns, and it keeps the horse from getting too bored going around and around and around and around... You get the point. You could also try team penning, if there are any in your area - easy to learn and the horse is consistently entertained.
If you do just local shows (like fairs, or local horse club shows) instead of breed shows, you might enjoy it more because you don't have a whole bunch of the "perfect" fake-lope really slow horses there. When I judge pleasure, I don't care how fast someone is going, it depends on whether it's natural for the horse or not. However, some breed judges don't think that, so...
Reining is a blast too. People do say it's hard on a horse, but if you look at a horse in the wild, or a horse that is let loose, they tend to already have that ability (fast stop/turns, lead changes, ect). As long as you have proper leg protection, and you condition your horse properly, you have have healthy, sound horses well into their 20s and 30s!