Acquired: Horse's previous owner
Posted Jan 30, 2019
I was lucky to share my life with an AQHA for 13 years. When she passed away, I had spent half my life with her. I had gotten her after her broodmare years when she was lightly trained. She could walk and trot but thought bolting was better than cantering. We had to retrain her on picking up leads and balancing. We did a lot of circles. Eventually, we went on to do dressage (Champions for Training Level in our circuit), dabbled in eventing, and later in her life she was game for anything. We did some english pleasure, hunter hack, halter. We did egg and spoon races, ride a buck, etc. Trail riding took some getting used to. When she was younger, the cross country course was out on the trails so she thought we were going cross country any time I took her on the trails. There were theatrics where she was mistaken for a Lipizzaner for her four off the grounds. Yet, put a young child on her and she became a picture perfect pony ride. She knew her rider and was a pro at gauging what could or could not be done. I could do just about anything with her and she'd give it a go. She ground tied like a pro - except when she wanted to go and get some grass. She could just wander the yard and eat, never leaving her little patch. Trimming whiskers, crawling underneath her for clipping; nothing phased her. She was truly a one of a kind horse.
Except, she wasn't. I've known many people who have told me the same things about their AQHAs. They are just a steadfast, sturdy, game for anything breed. They're not the dead horses people tend to think of - I've met plenty with sass and go - but they also know their audience and will play toward that. Truly, an incredible and smart breed.