Again, thanks for all the wonderful advice. I should clarify that I am an actual good rider, not just a, "Yee haw!" type of person, ha ha. I mean yeah, when the horse starts bucking on me when a random child sets off a fire cracker in front of the ring, I'm not as graceful, but nevertheless, I'm not screaming and holding on for dear life. Maybe a little surprised, but not faceplanted on the ground or losing all my sirrupts.
Overall, I'm known for being able to make horses, those that are usually a little too spirited for anyone else, listen without being harsh or anything, and I have no idea how, but I just consider it good luck. Maybe my dogs talked to the horses beforehand
Myproblem arises with a slow horse that doesn't like to move, because I'm often too gentle (at least according to my trainers). I just feel horrible wacking it with all of my might without being in a controlled situation (dog trainer in me). Also, I'm small, so it takes a lot more energy for me to get it going.
I guess I never considered Florida weather. I've been here for so long and I guess I've just thought I could work in cooler months. I mean, I know a draft horse would not do well in this state, and I don't think a warmblood would be a happy camper either.
I do like saddlebreds, and they were the first breed of horses I worked with (we had a saddlebred stable as the only stable in town at the time). I agree they are high spirited at times. The first and only horse that manage to get me off (give me a break, it was my first two weeks of riding and I lost my stirrupts then he took off galloping. I had to do a combat roll off before he decided to jump the 6 foot gate.)
However, about the gaited breeds, I thought that they did not do well in performance events?
Thanks for all the help!