Hi folks, just looking for some opinions on my situation..
The breeder of my horse has an awful, awful back. Since I've bought my horse from her, we've become quite close and we train with the same person. She can't really sit the trot right now but needs her stallion to get scores at second level (collected and medium gaits, simple changes through walk and all sitting trot) in 2010 in order for him to get a certain rating. At the last show is when she wrecked her back and she had to do sitting trot through the tests with this stallion. The horse is so capable of doing this in his sleep, he is gorgeous.
She is about my size (5'3, 120lbs) and the stallion is 17.2hh. She has shown him before and he is an absolute lamb at shows, but he is still a breeding stallion and will let you know sometimes.
She has been told by friends that she should show the horse, but she is having second thoughts. Being a breeder of high end horses and being in a recession, she doesn't really have any spare money to be getting her stallion shown by a professional. So if someone offered to show the horse, she might take them up on the offer.
He has never done live cover, and is quite easy to handle when collecting. He usually only talks to mares and will only sometimes start prancing at them, and usually only on the ground. I've handled him on the ground at shows before, and am really comfortable around him in cross ties, in the stall, etc..
I have ridden stallions before, never at a show or away from home and not really extensively. I have ridden around mares even following one between two fences to get to the barn (first time on this stallion). I have also shown a lot at second level with good scores on much lesser horses.
I guess my question is would it be a good idea for me to offer to ride and show this guy. If I do decide to, I would definitely sit down with my coach and the breeder and talk about it. I love this stallion to death and he is a really easy-going guy, but just his size really gets to me.
This is not the owner, this is a trainer who is about 6' tall.