Our daughter has ridden almost since she could walk, never remembers when she hasn’t ridden. She has had classical training in both dressage and hunter/jumper with the past years finding her in a western rig trail riding when her schedule allowed. Her plans, after her graduation, will be for a summer elk hazing project on horseback up near the eastern border of Banff. She’s planning to bring the horse but not use him for the hazing which is apparently above and beyond the usual herding activity. It seems elk do not take to moving off in any orderly fashion. It sounds more like a cross country fox hunt (replacing the foxes with fleeing elk) and given he’ll only be three, she’ll keep the pounding to a minimum and just work on his trail experience.
At present she’s working with a trainer on the “basics” which is classical dressage and very similar to any “natural horsemanship” method out there. She does hope to jump him a bit in a couple years then his bones are stronger, he’s sure built for it. I thought I might include a picture of the happy couple.