I have been having a ton of lameness issues with my AQHA all-arounder. We've only made it to a couple shows over the last two years and I think it's time for me to give it a rest for a while as far as hopes of showing him go. I'm going to continue riding him and enjoying him but he'll have to do something less taxing. I'm thinking about local level hunt (the pleasure division).
I am not done w/ the QH world though so I'm looking into either breeding or buying next year. If I breed, I have 2 mares to choose from (my sister in law has graciously offered her mare). I want to try reining. I have been wanting to do it for years but I've been really intimidated by it all. Everything is so fast and crazy but I think, with the right trainer, I could do it.
I'm going to head out to a reiner show this weekend to watch and to hopefully speak to a trainer that I am interested in. It's an hour and a half ride from my house and I have to find out if she has horses that she teaches on because I don't have a reiner or anything close to one.
There is another trainer that I left a message with that is only an hour from me. That trainer even does cutting, which looks really cool but also very intimidating. (I'm not scared - just intimidated).
It's going to suck being a beginner all over again but I am getting really excited about the prospect. I just want to hear... you know... what it's like? Would I be able to maintain a horse at my house or would I be better off keeping it in training?
I drive an hour to my current trainer now by the way. I think that's about the closest I'm going to get to one. Hunter/jumper trainers on the other hand are a dime a dozen and less than ten minute away in 3 directions! If that's your cup of tea that is....