I grew up riding a skiddish morgan and a solid go with teh flow Thoroughbred/quarter horse. I also will second the no protective gear. I did barrel runs, jumps, everything without so much as a helmet. lol! I was never as comfortable to do the walk or stand, ( i have teh worst balance) I know many who have. You know your horses, and generally someone willing to do that pose will know and have worked with the horse before.