Duchess is a great trail horse! She will go over down trees, through brush, cross water. Her walk is very comfortable and her foxtrot gait is very, very smooth! She has been trail ridden since she was a 3 yr old. She will go in front and lead, or toward the back. She does prefer to walk out, but will go at a moderate speed when asked. She will cross water easily. She is 14.2H, which makes her easy to mount. She will stand next to something for mounting if needed. Loves to be brushed and have attention! She has been ridden on trails all over Missouri!