New Horse - Old Western & All Around Rider - Question on Settling In & First 30 Days
Hi - I am reaching out to the Western thread for assistance. I returned to riding about 6 months ago and started back english becuase I like to jump a little, but my western roots are still my favorite.
I just bought a beautiful registered Paint all around horse. She has a western foundation (I can drink a margarita while she jogs & lopes she is so smooth), but also will jump and has some very light hunter background.
I have a trainer. The horse is 80% there, but needs some finishing. She was breed and lived her 7 year old life in one barn/family who bred her. Their daugther is an amazing amature rider - lightest hands I have ever seen.
So, I am trying to develop my first 30 day plan to get her and I settled together and I am soliciting opinions. My idea is that I want to be the only one riding her and getting to know her for the first 30 days. Lunge work, lots of walk / trot in the arena, some cantering in a week or two. Slow, steady, build trust and don't rock her world any more than we will be doing.
My trainer wants to start immediately with a lesson for me once a week (which I was planning on), but also her riding my horse 2xs a week. I know she needs finishing and I am a good intermediate, but have never trained a horse... but I just feel like we don't even know enough about her personality, strengths, etc. to "put her in training" right away.
In additon, I don't know how much of her western and all around foundation I want to alter. I feel like I need to live with her for 30 days as she is until I decide the direction I want to go and I am thinking about not actually jumping. Lots on my mind and my ultimate direction. Hence, the reason I bought an "all around horse."
Plus, she is my first horse again since I was in college. I just want to act like a 14 year old and say she is MINE!!! Perhaps that is wrong, but I do believe in starting slowly, becuase you can never go back.
I could write a few more paragraphs on the nerosis that seems to permeate my barn from the "dressage" people and how everyone looks and expects the worst from everyone. Very gossipy and all up in everyones business... hence I am asking a strangers for a gut check and opinion.
Give it to me!!!! Cheers & thank you in advance for any input.