My gelding has been phenomenal on the barrel pattern lately, but he just doesn't enjoy it. He'll do beautiful turns and stay quiet and collected, but he just doesn't want to go fast. He adores trails and pleasure riding, and he's the perfect beginner's horse. I love him and I don't want to make him do something he isn't cut out for and doesn't enjoy. I won't have to sell him, he's my dad's and my trail horse.
But also, my mom has a quarter horse/arabian/ paint mare who was a barrel horse. I have been working on her for fun because she had a lot of issues because she'd been yanked around the pattern and spurred too much by past owners. She's really fast, listens and turns well now, but my mom doesn't want to race on her. She offered to trade horses with me at shows, so I can run her mare and she can just cruse around on my gelding and relax. Just wanted to get your opinions. Thanks!