I have a 3 yr old that I have started myself. I’ve been ponying her on trails and riding her in the arena. The issue is, usually I’m riding alone. For safety reasons, I don’t really want to take her out by herself on trails. She ponies fabulously walk/gait on the trails. We did about 12 miles today with only one or two tiny spooks even having bikes come up behind us. Most of that was gaiting along and moving out. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be an awesome trail horse because she already is.
I’m thinking of hiring someone to either ride with me, either on my good mare, while I ride the 3 yr old, or on the 3 yr old. Ideally this person can come up and ride her in the arena and get a feel for her.
Another option would be to sell her as she is. I’m going back to work full time and not sure how much time I’m going to have. That would free up funds to buy something a bit more broke, that can sit for a while if I get too busy with work. Or I can always wait and see if I want to get another horse. My yearling will be ready to start next year and his training may take priority. He’s brilliant in some ways and probably going to be difficult in ways she isn’t. He doesn’t spook at anything but has a big mischievous streak in him that I suspect will make his training a bit more complicated. Hoping maturity helps there!
I will say, she is a great horse for a 3 year old and I am rather attached. Part of me thinks I should sell. Part of me thinks she will sell so much better if she’s already going out on trails and part of me wants to keep her.