Western to English. Bought a horse who was BEAUTIFULLY trained off the track by a trainer named Jenni (I saw videos to prove it) but she got in the wrong hands afterward, someone named Alicia destroyed her, sold her to someone else (Lindsay) who got really afraid of her "canter" aka gallop, sold her to me. I knew she had this problem; test rode her and still bought her because my mom's boyfriend who's 66 and has been riding since 8, said we could retrain her to slow canter. Well, I broke my collarbone and can no longer school her (for 10 weeks at least) so I sent her down to the trainer (Jenni) who bought her off the track and she was delighted to see her in good hands after that awful owner (Alicia) who ruined her gaits, and Jenni is retraining Molly for me so she'll be ready for me when my clavicle heals. Things changed--Jenni also told me she had a track injury involving a slab fracture and surgery to remove bone chips. Sent me a video of her jumping her for the first time, only to find that her knees collapsed and the horse went DOWN big time. Contacted Alicia, who is also the person who found the horse for the Jenni who trained her right, and apparently she had never told Jenni that the Molly a slab fracture! They were both okay from the fall, but I was upset I didn't have an eventing prospect anymore.
I know, very confusing. Long story short, an owner was money-hungry, lied about and ruined the horse (at least her canter) and now I'm out of an eventer. So my mom will be taking Molly for herself, and I'm looking for an eventer all over again.
When I get an eventer, I will be building a riding ring outside, and having a trainer come to school me in eventing. Well, for cross country, I'll need to gallop and do a fast canter. So different for me from riding Western all my life! The horse I'm looking at hasn't been evented since June and has been sitting in a pasture out of work ever since because the daughter, who rode him, found a boyfriend, moved out, and left her mom to sell off the horses. Here's some videos of him eventing last June, though. Looks really good to me! http://www.truenorthdressage.com/muffin.htm
On the XC portion, he's practically galloping the entire way!