I work at a local trail riding facility and our horses -- even our 28-year-old Mustang-mix mare -- are learning to go through the barrels, poles, and jumps with extreme ease. They key is to start at a walk and gradually increase speed (walk for a few days so the horse understands what it's supposed to be doing) as you go along.
I work with a 20-year-old sorrel American Quarter Horse gelding and a mare (who I don't think is 10 yet) of the same type in both events, as well as trails. Both excel. Creampuff, the mare, has not yet been tried on poles but she hates the barrels. In jest, it will depend on your horse and its soundness. If it has any sort of arthritis or joint issues I don't suggest it.
Her confirmation isn't perfect, per say, but is is pretty nice. I think she'd do pretty well; her back is pretty short, which shows that she can be speedy (if my memory doesn't fail me). What breed is she? (No, pinto is not a breed. It's a color. Paint, though, could be, under circumstances.) If she's an AQH she would do really well with these events.
As for the reining, I use a French Link Bit on Creampuff and a Western bit on Ben. Creampuff, with this bit, turns and works better than Ben. However, she is also younger and not ridden by inexperienced riders; so the softness of her mouth is still "preserved."
Do you feel confident in your purchase? As for the lessons, most horses receive either type of tack (Western or English) well; even Australian. However, each has a different method of reining and such so I wouldn't suggest it if you want her for Western shows. You can, though, take Western lessons. (My trail riding facility offers them; I'm sure others should, too.)
Be patient on the trails; I suggest some spook-proofing and testing in the round pen first. You'll encounter hunters, walkers, pets, deer bolting in front of you, and sometimes deer entrails (which happened to Creampuff and I) that your horse may be afraid of. Take her in a safe location to work on building trust before you run all over going to equine camps to trail ride.
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." (H.G. Wells)
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