I've spent these past two years working with my trainers horses and showing at small local shows in pleasure classes--which I got all around grand champion last year :)--and trying fataly to get into reining.
Now, due to some circumstances, I am getting this gelding back. Part of me does not want him back at all. He caused me a lot of emotiontional and physical pain when I had him and I'm sure that I didn't help him much as a novice 13 year old. Now he is 7 and I just turned 17 yesterday and I've decided to try and make the best of the situation. I cannot control if we get him back or not--it was my dad's decision--and our financiaces haven't improved much over the years so sending him out for training to a better trainer is really out of the question.
I refuse to let him become another pasture hog that burns up cash though so I am willing to try again with the knowledge I've learned over the years and some assistance from the trainer I have now. My ultimate goal with him is to just get him trained as a trustworthy good mount and sell him as a trail horse by the fall. Then I would use that money to purchase a reining bred yearling to eventually send in for reining training and take lessons myself.
I know he hasn't been worked with in two years but before I sold him he had pretty good foundations in groundwork so I feel confident that if we get off to the right start that he can be trained by the fall. Obviously, once he gets here I can evaluate him and see if it will take more time then that but by the fall is the very optimistic goal.
I guess by posting this I just wanted to get this off my chest as it has been worrying me and also seek others opinions if this seems like a logical plan to follow and if there are any better suggestions.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I appreciate responses but please try to refran from being rude while stating your opinion.