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....