We are still in the learning phase at this point and just having some discussions about the future. I want to learn more about warmbloods in general, but certainly open minded to other options. The reality is that my daughters little Arab has soundness limitations that will prevent her from ever going past where she is now. The last thing we want to do is push the horse too far and with her heart of gold she'd do anything my dd would ask her to. My daughter is reluctantly talking about it and understands that we will need to do some scaling back with her horse to protect her. We have not made a decision to buy another horse yet, but if she wants to compete it won't be with her current horse. I'm not sure what a "state level" is but she did show in a few rated shows last year and loved it, so I suspect it will be on her radar for the future. Keep in mind that we will be on a tight budget so we're just preparing and learning. We are not set on any particular breed, and we will absolutely not over-horse her with a huge, hot horse, that's for sure! My daughter is young and has lots of time so we are in no rush. We know better than to get a green horse and would love to find a horse trained a bit ahead of my daughter. Requirements would begin with a quiet and willing temperament. In our talks my daughter has made it very clear - she doesn't care about gender or breed, she has to be able to "connect" with a horse before she would ever consider owning it. We have a terrific coach who is helping us, but I am doing some leg work on my own as well.
Thank you Kayty for the compliment, and fortunately she knows what a privilege it is to own a horse and is really appreciative and shows it daily. We used to board our horse with self-care and every morning she was ready to feed and muck on the way to school without a single complaint. She works very hard at school (hasn't had anything below an A- in 3 years!), she works hard at home and will regularly spend an afternoon doing extra chores without a word from me, and when I thank her she typically tells me how much I help her and support her with her horse and she wants to give back. Seriously. Also, she will earn lessons from her trainer by going over to her house and doing yard work or other projects. Maybe I'm bias but I she is truly a special girl - very driven, hard working and goal orientated, which is not very common in kids her age. And it is all centered around having the privilege of owning a horse.