Definition of "Packer"...
I really haven't ever heard or read anyone really defining the criteria for these wonder horses though I see them advertised all the time. Actually I think my own OTTB is a "packer" although there are times when Rasta can be sharp. At any rate, our fine friend bornfreenowexpensive in another thread summed up the packer - here are her criteria:
packer to event riders means that (i) if you point them at the fence...they will generally get you to the other side and not buck you off or bolt because you didn't jump perfectly with them, (ii) they stay in the dressage ring and put themselves in a reasonable shape even if you don't ride perfectly, and (iii) leave most of the rails up in stadium and don't cause the folks watching to gasp. Basically a packer will do the job not because they are well ridden,
but often in spite of how they are ridden.
That last line pretty well sums up why Rasta is most definitely a "packer"...Anyone else want to add to this? THX, BFNE :lol: