So, I'm considering getting a four year old pony as something of a project to sort of restart, retrain, and sell or lease. I'm debating what direction I should take her in however. Should I make her into a western pleasure pony, a hunter/jumper pony... eventing... dressage? Does anyone know if there's more demand for a fancy kid's pony in one certain area?
I have more experience with dressage riding myself, but I've dabbled in most everything else and could probably set her on the right track. Mostly I'll just be giving her as solid a foundation of overall training as I can. Lots and lots and lots of ground work and a solid one rein emergency stop are on the agenda.
By the by, I don't have any delusions of making a profit on this venture. It would be super nice if I could at least break even, but I'd be mostly doing this as a passion thing because I hate to see the way this pony is being used and treated right now when she has such vast potential. It's also a way to see how effective a trainer I can really be.