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Does your "trail horse" have another "job"?

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  • Does your "trail horse" have another "job"?

    Is your horse a trail horse only or does it have a second job, like jumping or dressage or cutting etc.
    *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
    ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.

  • #2
    carriage driving
    riding and driving lessons
    my kids babysitter(riding and driving)


    • #3
      My "trail horse" is also an awesome dressage horse, a great foxhunter and a competitive LL eventer.


      • #4
        Can you count blanket eater as a second career? How about hole digger? He's very accomplished at both activities.



        • #5
          Trails and dressage/equitation

          I believe it's good for us and them to have different things to do. My boys seem to like changing it up.


          • #6
            Jazz, my QH rides trail and dressage.

            I'm trying to figure out what else I can do with my new TWH aside from trail riding...
            "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
            <>< I.I.


            • #7
              My gelding does a few local dressage shows a year. He adjusts well going from being hi-lined to being stalled.


              • #8
                Jumping, Dressage, Cross Country, a couple of Foxhunts, along with CTRs
                "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                • #9
                  We also compete in SCA games.


                  • #10
                    All of my trail horses have another purpose in life. Trail riding is their secondary career, yet they excel as masters at it.

                    Cutting, reining, working cow horse, barrel racing, pole bending, lesson horses.
                    Read about my riding adventures at:
                    Spotted T Riding Blog


                    • Original Poster

                      I have 7,

                      One is a trail horse, pack horse and baby teacher.

                      The others are all dressage and trail. The last 3 years, trail has won, since we haven't had the proper arenas (footing--ick!!) SO, they will be back to work shortly!
                      *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
                      ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.


                      • #12


                        • #13
                          My trusty steed does limited low-level eventing, and low-level jumpers, is a summer-camp horse for 8 weeks, and has hill-top foxhunted. We also like to do the occasional Hunter Pace event.

                          Rick in VA


                          • #14
                            My horse's other 'job' is as a Civil War Reenactor-Federal Cavalry horse.


                            • #15
                              Show ring trail
                              Western pleasure
                              Hunter pleasure
                              Dressage (just training level, except for one first level test 1)
                              Western horsemanship
                              Team penning
                              Ranch/Stock horse competition
                              Extreme Cowboy Race
                              Beginner's mount for my nieces and other assorted family members and friends
                              Jennifer Thomas Alcott
                              Culpeper, VA


                              • #16
                                One of mine is a certified Search and Rescue horse. She also did Roy Rogers tribute shows, was even in the Excalibur in Vegas. The other ones - pretty much nothing but trails.


                                • #17

                                  I'm trying to do a little WP mixed in with trail riding. Hopefully, I can have enough money to send her to a professional trainer this spring/summer.

                                  Although a good trail horse is priceless and can basically sell itself on its own credentials, I believe a back up discipline would help the horse be more sellable(sp) if the need should arise.
                                  MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

                                  Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                                  • #18
                                    every single one of my showjumpers go out on the trail. mine also can all be riddden western, all can be hobbled, all can work a cow- some better then others. we spend a good chunk of the year showing, but the horses all get to stretch out on the trail. xtraining is essential for a healthy happy athlete.
                                    "If you were doing it wrong I would say something..."


                                    • #19
                                      Retired jumper, now doing carriage driving (albeit retired from competition in that discipline as well).
                                      "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                                      • #20
                                        my TWH mare shows versatility in dressage, 3-gait trail pleasure english classes, water glass classes, and we have started over fences

                                        My ASB is a retired 3-gaited SS horse.