Thank you for the response, Deej! Yes, very helpful.
This is my issue...I have a boarder here, it is a 2 year old paso filly. She is SO SWEET and SO SMART...I am blown away by her! I grew up showing hunter/jumper...but also loved to just trail ride. There were pasos in my neighborhood, but I never liked them...always seemed like macho latin guys making the horses prance up and down the road just to hear their hooves "clickity clack." Just wasn't my cup of tea. Plus, I was always told (an also witnessed) that pasos had a not-so-nice temperment. I am now realizing the temperment thing is because a lot of these guys make the horses crazy!
So....this filly...she is here at my barn for 2 years, then when she is 4 she is going for "training." She has excellent bloodlines and I think the owner sees her as a money maker (he owns about 10 or 15 pasos right now. He is not a horse lover, but rather a horse business man.) If she goes for training and does not show promise, I could very possibly be given her, or sold for a very cheap price. I, personally, just want something to trot around the neighborhood on. I just worry that the show training will "ruin" her. Does that make sense? Am I overthinking this?
I have had many horses in my life. This one really has a personality and a sweet temperment that I cannot explain. you know how some horse you just bond with? This is one of those!