Starting an older horse in reining?
So, I really want to get my feet wet in the reining world and do some local and perhaps some rookie level NRHA or NRCHA shows before I head off to University in a couple years. I've been riding for about five years now and I'm pretty confidant in my seat and riding ability--and definitely in my ground working skills--but honestly, after riding many younger horses and dealing with my old riding instructors poorly trained teenage horses, I really just want an older horse that I can play around on, trail ride and not be eternally frustrated with. My question is, if I go for say, a 17ish old horse, could I still do some reining or would that be a bad idea?
Replies much appreciated :)
Eventually, I'll save up for a younger horse that I can spend the money on to send to the trainers and really get into the sport but like I said, for now I just want to enjoy myself while still being able to be in reining.