I wasn't 100% sure where to put this, so if it's in the wrong spot, I'm sorry :(
ANYWAYS, there is a racetrack nearby. They accept people to come in and pony the racehorses with thier own horses. The pony horses are kept in a very nice stable, and you go to the track on a set scheduale. My trainer does this for a living.
I am too young to pony at this track. Please don't get on me about my age, because every track is different, and this one may have a different age limit then yours. Anywho, I am still too young.
When I did become old enough, I thought I could try to see if I could take Cowboy to the track to pony horses. He will obviously be much older than 4, which he is now. Here's some info on him-
Black, 17hh OTTB. Best disposition ever, never raced - only trained.
This would be sort of 'part time' you could say, and I'd likely ask if I could just trailer him back and forth. You also have seasons off, obviously.
So do you guys think it would be possible for Cowboy to pony horses AND be competing? I'm pretty sure working at the track is either - 100$ a race, or 100$ a night. So money is no part of this. I am just worried about Cowboy. Is he physically able to do both? Is this hard on horses? Will it be good for him?
If you all think that ponying and showing at the same time is a bad idea, tell me!! I don't care if you say, 'Er, no, you idiot, you can't do that,' just tell me! Now, don't be like, 'Your going to ruin your horse, your a bad horse owner, blah blah blah,' cause that's rude :p It won't hurt my feelings if this can't work out.
IF you think this would be possible, what do I need to do to prepare Cowboy? He is fine having other horses right next to him, even bumping into him. I have ponyed Oatsy (see my horses for details on him) off of Cowboy *bareback and bitless* with no problems whatsoever. Though, Oats is about as calm as you get. If Diamond would let me pony her, I would have tried it, but she insisted that she was -not- being caught.
Sorry for the novel! THanks!!