I understand exactly what you're saying, but I have a question. You want your horse to learn all this.... is this because you don't know how to teach it to him or you just don't want to?
I'm just kinda picky about training a horse that would be mine (even though I've never had one). It's your horse, you're going to be riding it, or your relative will be riding it. You're going to be feeding and cleaning up after it. It's basically like your child, same responsibilities and same love in a way. So when you send them off, they're basically learning to bond and become in-tune with someone else. Someone else is putting hard work into your project and making it the way you would want it to be. It just seems to me like you're sending off a painting to a professional painter and having them paint the painting for you.
I understand your take and this is why *I* really only want the basics put on *my* mounts. I do believe that building the bond takes place in every aspect of working with a horse... For the pony, in particular, I don't have confidence in teaching clearly & concisely to best benefit his mind.
I did flap around on my big FjordX for a month before giving in to convention. 1. I didn't know him well enough to trust him on the trail and wanted practical miles put on him to desensitise (back to that getting hurt issue). 2. For the life of me, I could not achieve basic bit & leg respect with this animal, regardless of what I did. I tried everything in my modest 20 year handling history, most of which has worked wonders on others. We were speaking two different languages and my trainer just taught him English, lol.
I trade a small window of bonding time to catapult us forward into more fun and practical bonding time. I enjoy presenting trail and travel challenges and building from that. I need brakes, at the very least, and a sane mind to reason with. The trainer made him understand my hands and with a coach guiding us on the ground, I further achieved lightness, balance, bend, blah blah blah-blah. A fun winter project inside an arena.
My son's pony is just the opposite for me. Put the technical on him and I want to put the trail miles. Different personalities. Pony wants to please and thinks everything is a good idea, Fjord wants to argue and butt heads. Both fabulous, safe partners.
^shrug^ getting late, thoughts are scattered. Sorry for the disorganisation. Posted via Mobile Device