I am really kind of on the fence, regarding how much a horse 'loses' even when they are left to pasture for years, and years. I have retrained horses who have had training as 3 year olds (riding), and hadn't been touched again as far as riding, until they were in their teens, and a couple of Arabs I retrained were in their 20s. None of those horses were difficult to restart. Infact, the one 20 year old Arab I did some ground work on, and hopped on with rope halter and lead in about 20 minutes...we never looked back; I used him as my 4-H horse that summer. So, in my experience, I really don't think that what you have taught this guy will 'unstick' if he is left to sit in the pasture after this. Especially if you are getting out there every weekend, or every other weekend, I think he will retain quite a bit, and will only require a little refresher work each time to get his brain into 'think time'.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 07-11-2009 at 12:30 AM.