Next Step to Finishing my Horse?
Sorry if this is a little lengthy, but I want to try to give you the best picture of myself and my horse.
I have a 10yr old grade gelding that I have been riding since he was 4. I have been training him on my own using natural horsemanship techniques and donít really know what to do with him next. He is bomb-proof, knows all his basics very well, just hasnít had a lot of higher-level training. He knows haunch turns, leg yielding, beginner jumping, trail obstacles, and even some tricks. I donít compete very much with him, just a fun show about once a year in western pleasure events. I mainly use him for trail riding, but I still want him to be a well-rounded horse. My horse is very smart and willing, loves to learn new things, and I love training him. I try to keep him occupied and thinking as much as possible, but Iím not sure which direction to go to take his training further. My basic thoughts were I could teach him collection, improve his jumping, or driving, but I also want other ideas on what I could do with him.
For collection, I was thinking I would like him to move more correctly and athletically, but I do not know how to train a horse to collect. I also was wondering if he would even need to know collection since I mainly ride western and do not compete with him.
I enjoy jumping with him, and he seems to enjoy it too, but I feel like I would need a coach to take him further than where he is now. One thing about my horse is that he is short, a cob-sized horse with a stocky build like a quarter horse. He jumps 24Ē right now and Iím not sure he has the right build to jump much more than that.
I have experience working with driving horses and have a lot of fun training it, but I have never trained a broke riding horse to drive. Iím not sure how difficult it is, and would my horse have trouble transitioning back and forth between riding and driving?
Iím open to ideas!