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Welcome to The Versatile Horse website - dedicated to western horseback riding in all its various forms.

Talk to any western rider who does more than just reining, showing in hand, or western pleasure and you will see a particular light come into their eyes when you ask them what they do.

The source of that light is the exhilaration that comes from riding a horse that can not only quietly handle anything you have to offer it on a trail ride but, in competition, work a good reining pattern, put up a good showing round a barrel racing course and then go out and work a cow.


We believe that it's a waste of a good horse simply to concentrate on one discipline. In the USA, a horse is the cowboy's working partner and, traditionally, on their day off, the pair would compete against others to show all the essentials of a good working horse: ready response to subtle cues, nimble footwork and the ability to start, stop and change direction in the blink of an eye.

And you wont find anywhere a more complete demonstration of this talent than in a fully trained western horse.

You will find on this site references to it all. Just go to the Western Riding page and you will find there links to Western Games (Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Flag Race and Sack Roping), the Showing Classes (Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Reining and Western Trail), Cattle Work (Cutting Horse, Working Cow Horse, Team Penning, Team Trail and Solo Penning, Ranch Horse (Ranch Sorting, Working Ranch Horse and Ranch Trail) and Trail Riding.

No question a versatile horse can do all this and more. True, the versatile horse may not slide to a stop quite so dramatically as a Reining Horse and would probably give a dedicated Barrel Racer a second or two but they will not give their riders as much pleasure or have such a varied life.

Its all here - come on in and look around!