|Breed of Horse: Mountain Pleasure Horse
I own a Mountain Pleasure Horse by the name of Double Star. We
bought this horse with the intention of my riding him for a couple of years
then passing him on to our son Travis who was eight at the time. We thought
then they would both be a little older,wiser and more experienced but this
wasn't to be the case. Due to Doubles' gentle nature and willingness to
please regardless of the job we went ahead and put our son on a two year
Double Star has a real love for children, he will follow my son
around anywhere. All Travis has to do is go to the field and Double Star
will be there. When we ride, Travis likes to fiind his own paths he calls
it exploring, this young horse will leave the rest of the horses and go
any where my son takes him. When I working at the barn I'll put the saddle
on Double Star, get Travis in the saddle and off they go. Double
doesn't even care that he eats later and works now. He takes care of my
son and I never have to worry about him spooking or doing anything that
would endanger Travis at anytime. When we cross creeks sometimes he doesn't
like where Travis wants to go and will step over a step or two but he never
refuses to go. He judges trees and has never run my sons' leg into anything,
if they get behind on a trail ride he doesn't try to catch up he waits
for Travis to tell hem it's ok then he gaits on up the trail.
As a three year old we weren't able to ride because of very heavy
work schedules so we decieded to send Double Star down to Kentucky were
they could keep him rode for a while.
While there he got to compete in the fall Mountain Pleasure Horse
Show where he and Sarah got a third and a fourth not to bad for first time
in a show ring. Then the next weekend finds him packing the state flag
beside his Dad for the Govenor of Kentucky at the Powell County Parade.
These horses were surrounded by noice from firetruck horns, sirens to bands
and spectators. Not to mention the childern dashing into the street for
candy(at times almost under their feet). Please remember that this horse
is still only a three year old and never made a move to look at anything.
The next day he's on the Ozark Mountain Ride With The Stars where
Don West rides him for a week. Don used him for most of the clinics and
all the trail rides,plus he rode bareback most of the time.
Then he has another parade the day we arrive to take him home, again he
gets to walk proud beside his Dad.
If any of you have been to the Equitana and the Gaited Horse
Review then you have seen his Dad. He is the big beautiful golden palomino
Mountain Pleasure Horse, Goldfinger Star. He often represnts the breed
and does so beautifully every time.
These are a rare breed even though they are able to trace their
existance back 160 years . They remain very hard to find and harder to
buy because anyone lucky enough to have one doesn't sell. They are known
for their babysitter despostions and gentle natures. The smile on my sons
face because he can get his horse to gait is worth a thousand words.