I have looked at hundreds of ads. I almost went to see a horse today. But, there was a typo on the ad and I thought he was four, but he's actually 14.
I'd like a horse somewhere between four and ten. I'm hoping for a long term partnership and I prefer to train a green horse myself instead of retraining a horse who never learned correct half halts or to carry himself. Of course, there are dressage horses out there with great training but they are way out of my price range. So, a sensible green warmblood would work as would a well trained trail horse with no dressage experience. I'm looking at tall QHs since I am tall with long dangly legs. 15.2h at a minimum. Someone suggested Appendix QH and they are on my radar as well. Jackson was a TB/QH cross and that worked well except for those dang TB feet -- flat and weak. He's my third horse with TB blood (either full or cross) and they've all had bad feet. I guess I'm a bit gun shy at this point. I do so love the movement and heart of a TB though.
I'm trading emails about this warmblood. He's four and sensible. On the video, the trainer is clucking constantly and she said he needs to be ridden forward. Hmmmm. I don't want a horse that needs to be pushed forward. But, lordy, he is beautiful. (and expensive)
I've asked my trainer to get in touch with this horse's trainer and see what she thinks. If she thinks he is worth trying, I will. Otherwise I'll save the airfare to northern California. And I won't need to rob a bank.
...the search goes on...