I have a 4 year old Paint (appendix Quarter horse X Paint)
Solid bred, Jet black. She's about 15.1 hands and is a very smart horse, quick on her feet, learns incredibly fast, and is not afraid of much. She is the kind of horse that has had constant attention since birth. I got her at 7 months, and she really only responds super well to me riding her. So I know she's a one or 2 person type horse. Other than that, I have worked since I got her to get her desensitized to as much scary as possible (she been exposed to tarps, water, gates, stalls, loud objects, tractors, lawn mowers, and much more). She is only green broke, but I have ridden her in English, Aussie, bareback and western tack. She has most of her experience bareback. She has been ridden in a hackamore, snaffle bit, and side pull. I have not had time to canter her under saddle as I am now at school :( HOWEVER my problems shall be fixed next spring :) She is going in to training down by my school at a local barn that I checked out and will work for while she is there. Okay now here is my question, which discipline is best for a speedy, extremely intelligent horse with a ton of heart? She has an amazing trot, but man she can really fly around corners and straightaways, what do you all think?
I am a novice at barrel racing, no nothing about reining, minus the whole sliding stop and awesome roll back, and I have done a little western pleasure. Most of my experience is with therapuetic riding for disabled kids, trails, and basic arena work. Im more an all around person, but I so want my horse to excel as she is unlike any other horse I have ever worked with. So please help me if you can :)
This is a link of her when she was a yearling, but you can see her movement, it hasnt changed much. Lol
PS Obviously I will be working on basics (WTC) beforehand since she is still only greenbroke. Im talking future work, so I can get to know the skill before she learns is, thus no green on green. Lol