Starting an older horse in a new sport
Is it a good idea or even really possible to get a 16 year old gelding (mostly english pleasure, trail, and a little dabbling in dressage) started in XC? He needs more confidence for jumps but he is very intelligent, willing, and well trained. With the help of a trainer, would it be worth it with a 16 year old horse? Another option I have is a 12 year old OTTB who is just now being retrained in basics. He is still green and not nearly as well trained or reliable as my 16 year old. Or would it be a better idea to just keep working with the trainer on myself and my riding, and just work on jumps with my older horses and wait until I can afford to buy a younger horse? If that makes any sense? I am just wondering how hard it is to start an older horse in XC and if it is worth it?
my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)