What to do with my Elig. Green pony
I'm seeking guidance on the best route for my 2005 medium pony. He is a home bred and has been doing line shows up until 3 years old, when he started his U/S training. He was all set to begin his show career as a 4 year old and do the childrens pony division. Unfortunately, he was injured in the paddock (no lasting injuries) and had the whole show season off until September. At that point we took him to 2 shows, but that does not equal a full season. Over the winter he has been taken off property and acted like a seasoned pro. My trainer has no pony kids to ride him for me, and there aren't any very close. So I'm needing a little guidance on what to do. Although he hasn't done childrens pony, he has a lead change and is ready/fancy enough to go right into green/reg pony.
A) Keep him another season and put him in childrens pony to make him more marketable for a lease in 2011.
B) Hopefully free lease him to a reputable "A" barn with a somewhat experienced rider (no preference as to the distance he goes),
C) Lease him out at a small cost, but don't be so picky as to the situation he goes into (less experience rider perhaps),
D) Send him to a BN sales/lease barn and hope for the best
For me, option B makes the most sense financially. I'm currently boarding all 8 ponies and although I can afford to campaign him, option B could be a winning option for both myself and a pony rider. It may be difficult to find such a situation though as I am aware of the current conditions and even made ponies are being free leased in certain cases.
If this was your pony, what would you do thats best for both myself and him?