Quoting JustDucky:" <blockquote><b>Quoting a s h l e y.:</b>" This is my baby boy River. I have had him ... [snip!] ... a special kind of trainer and rider to make them a suitable pleasure horse. Glad you found a good fit! What is his breeding?"
I had gotten him before I'd gotten pregnant-this was the ideal horse for a serious competitor. I was aiming for preliminary with him. But he needed focused schooling, 5-6 days a week. I was too exhausted for that. I have had amazing experiences with ex racers-they have an incredible work ethic that is either hit or miss with Warmbloods.
River is a Dutch Warmblood/Belgain/Paint Cross. I am in love with having a draft cross-they are phenomenal barefoot, and they're remarkably easy keepers. He's a phenomenal mix because he has the movement of a Warmblood, and the overall build-he's got a short back, an amazing uphill build, and his shoulder set is awesome. He's going to be a great dressage horse. And he's the most eager to please horse that I've ever met. I'm enjoying the draft cross so much that I'm looking into getting an American Creme Draft/Fresian/Holsteiner from my barn owner. Haha!