I've been riding for 6 years. For the passed 2 1/2 years all i've ridden is green horses. I've finished with my last green horse because I outgrew him. (though I would stop growing, but apparently I was going to sprout 5 inches.)
So i'm looking at new horses. I switched barns though because my trainer was so mean my parents couldn't take it. So i've lessoned twice with this new trainer, and apparently, because I had one bad lesson, where my late gelded horse was acting up and continuously rearing, bucking or bolting. I'm not allowed to get a OTTB, who is honestly less green then any horse i've ridden in these passed 2 years. All because my horse was freaking out in a storm.
So apparently, i'm not passed the basics because we rode in a severe storm with hail, tornado watches and it flooded the arena while I was riding in it. I didn't fall off, I did get a little bit nervous, but every single time he acted up I knew exactly how to handle it and fixed it as fast as I could.
So after the lesson my trainer pulls me aside and says, "I have a great 21 year old horse that can teach you the basics."
I know the basics, I trained with olympic trainers for 5 years, i'm pretty sure I know the basics! (sorry that was a bit of a rant)
And I don't know what to do. My parents said they don't know what to do either but will go with whatever choice me and my trainer make, but they also said if I really wanted to I could choose on my own, what matters is I make the right choice for me.
So I really don't know who's right. But I will give you just a bit more background info on me.
In 2 1/2 years i've worked with 4 "green" horses.
1. A chestnut QH filly, who was 5 years old and never seen a saddle. I broke her in 60 days and we did our first show and got 2 and 3 place out of 16 horses. I sold her for $8,000 to a lesson program because she was very quiet, and loved kids.
2. A bay thoroughbred gelding, who was 4 and only race track broke. I worked with him for a little while, probably like 4 months. Sold him for $9000 to a show home.
3. A grullo wild caught mustang who I halter broke then saddle broke. Worked with her for 1 year and sold her for $5,000 to a nice family.
4. My black paint Gelding, who was only gelded as a 10 year old and has a few babies. He is 13 now. When I got him, I got him from the kill pen, don't know how he ended up there but he was super sweet and I wanted him. He was barely saddle broke, now he goes W/T/C and jumps 2'6", and shows.
So idk what my trainer is getting on about. My horse has an attitude. And I know everyone always says it's not just the horses fault but I really don't know what I could have done wrong. We had a lesson, it was thunderstorming and my trainer wouldn't let me get off.
The thoroughbred i'm looking at is 4 years old, not very green at all. Goes W/T/C knows his changes and jumps a little. The only thing green about him is he can get a bit quick, like every other OTTB, and he needs to finish his jumping training.
The 21 year old, is well, a 21 year old. Has arthritis and can't jump, and I really don't want an old trail horse.
So idk what to do. Who do you think is right?