It's taken 10 years, but it finally happened... And he requested it all on his own! We agreed that western is the best fit for him to learn on; he's ridden my 2 jumpers a couple of times each and had a handful of trail rides but nothing beyond that. He's not interested in arena work or competition... He wants to get out in the wilderness and be able to do "very manly and useful riding" (such as galloping across fields and back country trails ). I made it very clear that arena learning comes first, wild insanity comes later. Lovely old WP gelding that took such wonderful care of him, but also didn't make it too easy for him. I am the proudest and had to share! Figuring out the lope!