I'm continuing to train Tumbleweed in preparation for his training, June 1st. Some friends have asked why I just don't do it myself.
Answer: Invariably, as you pick up the pressure, young horses will throw you curve balls. I can handle the curve balls on the ground or ponying, but not in the saddle. I don't have enough experience with lots of different horses to be ready for what may come--and I want him to have a solid start. If it's just me, I can figure it out, given enough time, but I prefer someone who knows how to handle it right then and there.
A 2 year old horse is a SPONGE. Whatever you teach them now will stick forever. Tumbleweed all but begs me to work with him everyday. He's full of curiosity and energy.
The trainer I'm sending him to is good at find the "holes." I'm not. I try to find as many as possible, by continually pushing him a little past his comfort zone, but after what happened with Beautiful Girl that day she blew up--I have doubted my own judgement in that regard. This particular trainer is the best I've ever known at spotting the problems almost immediately and knowing how to address them.
It is also good for him to work with another person and learn how to survive in a human's world. You never know what the future will bring, and I want him to reach his full human/horse potential.
Also, there are big changes in my herd with Tumbleweed and Foxy. It's like some magic alarm went off in all of them with her and him and they don't want them together anymore. Even Foxy is starting to push him away.
He still has the attitude of a baby, so I think it's nature's way of forcing him to grow up. His time away in training will help him make an emotional break.
There are down sides, too. It will, temporarily, change my relationship with him. He'll also be quite upset at being thrust into a new location and training program. I will worry about him, but I feel it's the right path.