Well, i'm hoping that all the horsey minds on here can help me out.
I've just been given a beautiful buckskin boy.
When I spoke to the lady about him many months ago, she offered me him, and his son as long as I paid for the transport. This seemed like a pretty good deal. Anyway, both are unbroken, and have had minimal handling (which is working to my advantage) and both appear to have lovely temperaments.
Now, I did something that I never do. I purchased them sight unseen.
The deal was, the buckskin was a gelding (gelded 6 months prior) 3 and a half years old and 14HH. His son, was 11HH and a steely grey, still entire.
I wasn't stressed about the lack of handling, as that is what we do as a business (and hobby - but don't tell my OH lol)
So the first time I see them is when they are unloaded off the truck.
The buckskin is gorgeous, but there is no way he is 14HH. I measured him, he's 16.1HH ! His son is about 12HH and very chunky.
Now, neither have had much in the way of leading lessons, but both are very pliable and try really hard to do what is asked. So much so that after two quick lessons, they are leading beautifully.
My question is this:
The buckskin was supposed to be a pen riding horse for me, but he is far too big. I keep looking at him (and watched him jump my fence) and thought, maybe eventing. Then I thought, nope, I don't have the guts for eventing, how about dressage? I tried a dressage test once, but my boy hated arenas. He'd do everything beautifully out on the trail, but put him in an arena and he thought he was the worlds best saddle bronc known to man! Lol
Now, i've been riding for some 24 years, and have picked up HEAPS of bad habits. When I get lazy, they come back, but I do know how to ride properly and use my aids correctly.
The plan is to let my big boy settle in, and then start working on him. I've got all the time in the world to get him going, so i'm going to make use of it.
How do I determine what he is good at? And what he will enjoy?
I've been lucky over the years in that my horse/s have always been fun loving nutcases so did pretty much whatever we felt like, but I feel that this guy could really go a long way, if I get it right.
He is beautifully balanced when he moves, absolutely floats along at the trot and canter and is very athletic.
Should I try dressage with him? Its been years since i've even looked at a test, would it all come back to me?
Anyway guys, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and i've looked into working with a trainer, but I have to go to their place, and not having transport for my boy, its making it very difficult.