So, I just got offered an amazing free lease from one of my friends on her VERY green horse. I would say he's about 15 hands, no more than about 15.2. He's a thickly built paint horse, built pretty level, nothing too uphill.
He just turned 7 years old, super green. He's got a great walk/trot, very adjustable, and will frame up nicely when asked. He doesn't quite understand canter yet though. He'll pick up his right lead with encouragement but he doesn't understand fully that I can be on his back while he does so. He doesn't really get the left lead yet. He will do a leg-yield and a tiny bit of side-pass if asked but I don't neccessarily know if he looks great doing it. But he's making progress fast. He's willing and a fast learner.
I'm an experienced rider, I have about 6 years of hunters, jumpers, a little eventing, and basics of dressage. I do plan on getting a dressage instructor in the next month or so, also.
But should I bother with dressage? Would it be worth my time? Do you ever think we could go above training or first level? He's a huge project, I know. But would it be worth my time?
I'll try to get pics and/or videos soon!