Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
"It probably seems like a lot of time, energy, and money to put into an animal that I won't be taking to competition, but I still see it as an experience, not a means to an end."
Just from my viewpoint, it's not an experience for the horse - it's the foundation for the rest of his life.. If it's an "experience" you want, then I'd concentrate on earning it. By earning it, I mean gathering all the experience and knowledge you'd need, before you begin. I know you're talking about doing just that but I'd feel more comfortable if you were already involved in gathering that experience and knowledge. I don't know of any trainer, that is going to take on a newbie and let them shadow and learn from them... A lot of experienced people PAY for that privilege. Right now you're dreaming, and planning. You'd be so much farther ahead to get an older, well-trained horse, RIDE and care for him, learn how to teach him a few things and get wired into your local horse community. My honest opinion is that you're rushing your fences. It won't end up well for you or the horse. Or, it might. But the odds are against you.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.