My horse is 6 and was trained for barrels (but never competed). We are working through some health issues right now (looks to be arthritis, but I'm getting a 2nd opinion, it's a long story). So depending on the severity of the issue, I'm starting to consider jobs for her that aren't so much impact on her joints. I want her to last! She comes from a long line of pleasure and race blood. Due to her not being sound, I've hardly ridden her at all. I do know she has a LOVELY trot but her canter needs work. She hasn't been taught to collect her canter at all! I'm looking for advice on teaching her to collect and slow her gaits (especially her lope).
For the record, I know working with a trainer is best, but we don't have any professional pleasure trainers in the area. I do know some people that are into it, but I honestly don't know how good of trainers they are. Also, I don't have high competition aspirations. I'm not trying to turn her into a World Show horse. If I (try) to turn her into a pleasure horse, we'll just be finding low-key local shows. If somehow we did AMAZING at that then *maybe* I'd look into AQHA showing down the road, but I am not expecting that.