I vote #2. It sounds like you want to take him, and from the sounds of it, who can blame you?? If you won't be competing either way, then I think you'll get more enjoyment out of riding the WOW greenbean and learning off him this time around.
This. I think you really want to take #2 and are feeling a tiny bit guilty about it.
Lol. I do feel quilty. Like I am cheating on my girl by taking someone else to the big party. However, I'm sure she won't mind hanging out with her friends at home rather than working her butt off in a GM clinic.
I am worried about my mare not being clipped for the clinic.
Don't take the horse unless you at least trace clip it. You seriously don't want to be on the receiving end of that situation. I've seen it happen more than once and it was unpleasant for the rider (and the rest of the horse's people), and the poor horse ended up getting clipped late in the night in a freezing cold barn aisle in poor lighting.
The horses work so hard it's not fair to them to be in a full coat under those conditions, and GM will make it a point you wont forget.
The WOW greenie sold today and is happily home with his new family. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to ride him with GM and look forward to hearing many wonderful things about him in the future.
Just saw this now - thank you very much! Wasn't the whole thing just a fantastic experience? And best wishes to you and your WOW greenie as he heads off to new adventures. Do you have another project waiting in the wings?