I sort of need to think out loud and I figured a reining forum is a good place to do it
I have ridden for years but not western. I started riding western about a year ago, probably only weekly for the most part as the horses aren't on my property.
Anyway, I am not sure what step to take next as I want to start competing in reining and really get stuck into lessons etc.
Horse #1 is my horse. He is 4 and had training as a 3yo he can spin, roll back, stops but not slides (he was not quite mature enough to start them at 3). He is the right size for me and quiet to handle but as I have not done reining before, I struggle with knowing whether we are doing things right or not. He is quite athetic and goey/forward, very responsive to the leg which I am not used to but getting the hang of it. Option with Horse #1 is to send him back to trainer to get him to a competition level plus lessons for me, this of course will be a few thousand dollars over a few months.. I probably wouldn't get to compete him til end of year/start of next year (our comp season is just starting now). I know plenty of people start off with youngsters in western and train with them and I like the idea of learning together but it is a lot of work and time..
Horse #2 is older (rising 11) gelding but competed successfully in reining for years and has had all the training. He has had at least a year off with only occasional rides. He is lovely and smooth to ride and easier to ride (lazy sometimes) than #1 as he is so well trained. He has some handling issues, though not that bad I suppose and is also a hand bigger (which matters when you are a small lady :P but not a deal breaker). He is a horse that will teach me as a 'schoolmaster' and I can take out to a comp straight away.
He is twice what I paid for horse #1 and obviously much older
I think at the moment I am extra frustrated because I want to be doing it all but I have hardly had time to ride (bad weather) which will only get worse til I have the horses on my own property.
I don't particularly want to sell horse #1 but I can't really justify having 2 good horses to work especially with the price of horse #2.
I am impatient and kinda want everything lol
What would you do? What kind of horse do you think would be best?