Very cool It takes an extremely special horse to do both of those jobs. My dressage horse is actually a Little Bit reject... He was purchased for para-dressage competitions but had to be a part of the regular therapy program as well. He is an absolutely wonderful horse but apparently even he was not cut out for that mentally! Lucky for me though, I now have him and I've brought him up to PSG. We make our recognized show debut in June. He also continues to be a wonderful horse for one of Little Bit's former riders. She is blind and half leases him - does a little showing on him and everything
Our riding school instructor was a retired mounted police officer.
Every horse in the mounted police was evaluated at 14, 15 and 16 and sold at any of those evaluations and obligatorily at 16.
Our riding school bought them all and they made wonderful school horses.
The first horse I was showing in jumpers as a very young teenager was one of those horses.
The reason they retired them from police work is because past that age, they would end up too sore if they kept working in the streets, but stayed sound as school horses in our indoor lessons and trail riding.
They lived into their 20's still sound in our program.
RedmondDressage, does your half leaser ride in 4H? If so, I have seen them!
That's her I'm always so proud of how awesome he is with her. He absolutely takes care of her and just handles everything in stride. The 4H shows are quite a bit more chaotic than the dressage shows he is accustomed to but it doesn't phase him a bit.