About me: I have a quarter horse gelding who I bought two weeks ago...
Pj's Classic Style
Pj is 3 years old and so far I've just been trail riding him via following my neighbors older horses who 'mentor' Pj and 'keep him safe' . Both neighbors have mares; one I 'board' with is 16 y/o and the other neighbor owns two that are in their 20's so as you can imagine it's workin' out nicely. I am a pretty ok rider, and have ridden may young horses... but Pj takes the cake! He is super easy going, super quite, super smart, and willing to go anywhere his lady freinds go!
In two weeks I have taken him up around the mountain in our area, through big and little steams, a dog goes alone, we have jumped deer, passed other horses and people and dogs, been up and down steep hills, travel on roads with cars, bicycles, motorcycles ect ect... he is just doing fantastic.
I knew when I bought Pj that he was halter bred the way I like; he is pretty and moves just as nice and I think I got a record deal on him. If he turned out nice enough I'd like to make him into an all around prospect... doing a few different AQHA classes and seeing what we could get. I know he is 'specialized' but I think we might get away with it...
I was thinking though that there must be somthing I wasn't seeing in him becuase he was so... cheap... He was never shown that I know of and he sure was well taken care of. So far though everything is going well for us.
And the 'it' started: today the farrier (Jim) came out... Well, the farrier is a real nice guy who does pretty well with showing Halter horses... He took one look at Pj and his jaw dropped. Instantly his eyes light up and he gets to asking how Pj is bred, while I explained he gave him a quick looks over and ran his hand all over him; then he said; "Wow, with 100 more lbs (poor Pj has a rough few weeks and is a bit thin) I could take this horse to AQHA shows and win big big time! He would easily rack up the points... and palomino shows he would sweep up easily, people would hate you and he'd be way out of his league... but you'd be winning BIG"
He goes on to point out his few faults, what would be against him; his mildy too straight shoulder and the way his head ties into his withers, though Jim said with riding that will look a little better...
He did like how nice Pj's legs are, how his legs and feet are on the smaller more refined side making him move nicer and also look a bit more massive than he is. He loves his big hip and how he is 3 and leveled out, no butt high quarter horse here! (and for a halter person Jim sure went off about how much he hates a butt high horse )
He just talked and talked about how well this horse would do... how even now slightly on the thin side he could rack up the pionts... he was REALLY impressed with Pj.
So Now: I know for sure I have a 'real nice' horse... I would like to find a barn around me and someone to help me bring out this horse's potential... My thought was; I could show him halter now while he is in training then go for the all arounder stuff when he is riding better. TO hear Jim talk was just crazy, I liked how he was bred... but wow. And I think Jim does know his stuff.
I just can't seem to find a place that can help me that is close enough... I'd like to do as much as possible by myself; I want to show my own horse! I want to be very involved.
I was hoping I could find a barn where other people show AQHA shows where someone could help me along and go from there... but alas I have found none.
I also want someone who is open minded: I like the way this horse moves. I don't want him super bulky, and I want to ride him. I eventually want to show him under saddle too... so I'd rather not go to a barn where 'it's halter, and nonthing else is allowed'.
I'm at a loss how to even FIND a professional that COULD help me.
Any ideas or advice?
Oh, and here is Pj-Palomino.. they arent very good, but you get the idea. They were also taken last week, so his new farrier work is sadly not updated in these photos... The shoes he came with I was told were more of a mule shoe, very narrow and pointed in the front and they were not reshaped AT ALL... poor guy But Jim put front shoes on that are bigger, fit better, and Pj seems to like them too! Jim is more than happy to explain his work as he goes.
He is standing in a hole, he is NOT butt high... I swear