So this is kind of a long story. I have two horses that I am using this summer to compete on, Selena and Ruger.
You guys pretty much know them, but I'll do brief backgorund anyway.
Selena is a 6yr old finished reiner, mostly finished cowhorse (In the sense she's not automatic but she will do what you tell her). She is started on barrels and getting pretty solid. She can be roped off of, blah blah blah, bt she needs an intermediate-advanced rider because quite frankly she's just a brat sometimes. She gets overly excited to do things, not out of nerves but out of adrenaline. We've worked hard to get her back down to competition state and she's done very well.
Ruger is a 3 (Almost 4) yr old who has been under saddle lightly for a year. He had thirty days last winter, then a summer of trail riding and milesmilesmiles, then another sixty days this fall and has been ridden lightly between then and the beginning of this month when I have put him back in training as my "summer project" per se. That's a whole 'nother drama story.
Anywho Selena is the only one who actually belongs to me. Ruger belongs to my Mom still.
So we have a barrel race and a ranch sorting this saturday. Selena and Ruger have both been to a ranch sorting clinic and did FANTASTIC, Ruger who only had his ninety days did phenomenal, he has a ton of natural cow sense and a lot of natural style too. He's just not really refined and gets excited, but not uncontrollable. He is however, easier to ride than Selena. Selena has more buttons and is more refined and well trained but she is so catty and so small that she'll leave you on your butt and will wind herself up if you don't keep her mind on you.
Anyway, my partners horse is lame. She needs a horse to ride. My Mom has decided she doesn't give a s*** about what I do with Ruger while he's in training (Whatever that means...) and is fine with letting someone else ride him.
My partner is a very experienced rider, however she has had an accident and needs a lot of confidence rebuilding. That being said I know she won't fall off no matter which horse I put her on. We aren't going to the sorting with the intention of winning anything now, we just want to get the cows through and get some experience.
I guess my question is, how would you handle this situation? My gut feeling is to put her on Ruger and have her sit at the "opening" to hold the cows since Ruger is going to be a lot calmer than Selena is. If it was me on Selena and her on her normal horse, we would alternate, but I get the feeling that won't work with Ruger being so green.
Sorry I just need to write my thoughts down to organize them. You guys can chime in, I'm just in the head scratching phase.....I don't want her to lose the opportunity to regain her confidence and I desperately need to get these two horses around cows so they can learn to CHILL. I don't have a ton of access to cattle, just every now and then at a barn and then whenever we go penning/sorting....