We've done it.
I have Courage reliably(ish) schooling first level. He's starting to feel like a trained horse when I ride him and more often than not, I can talk him out of his worst shenanigans.
You know what that means?
See, I've never ridden past (or at, really) first level. I haven't had weekly lessons since I was a kid. I've never had a horse in professional training.
I have taken Courage as far as I can on my own, which means now I need help. I'm fortunate enough this month that I can afford to stick him in half training with our (amazing) trainer for September.
That's right folks--for the first time in my life, I'm a paying client with a horse in training. We can do a mix of rides and lessons and I'm not sure what exactly it's going to look like, BUT the important thing is that both Courage and I can advance our training together.
Omg. High roller status here.