|Good thing he is cute :)|
Even though I have a full year until I even think about starting him under saddle I have begun thinking about the route I want to take with him. I do not think he is going to be big enough for me to ride consistently and I am not even sure that I feel good about starting him under saddle myself. Obviously if he shoots up that will be a different story, and I would love it, but at this point I dont know if he will break 14 hh. I will do all his ground work in prep for riding such as lunging, long lining, and ground driving but from there I have a few thoughts as to where to go next. I could get some solid first rides on him and get him going w/t/c decently then find someone small to send him to for a little bit to continue his dressage education (and then maybe even find someone to start him over fences as a 4 year old). I have also thought about finding a talented young rider to bring him along and campaign him which could really be a great situation should I find the right person. He has a great personality for a kid and as he grows up/matures I think he could be a great kids pony. I mean, how adorable would he be packing a kid around the xc course?! Luckily I have over a year to figure it all out but it isnt a bad idea to start thinking about what I want to do with him and his long term future. If anyone knows of any good pony riders/trainer out there let me know :) Its never too early to start planning for your kids college!