Okay, people - I need help. I have done trail rides most of my life. I started taking "real" lessons in January when my daughter got her reining horse (I couldn't ride him - he was too finely tuned!) and have done pretty well. I can now do all the gaits without a death-grip on the pommel, and am working on collection. So that's my "green-ish" description. I decided that I want my own horse, since I am twiddling my thumbs at the stables for up to 20 hours each week while my daughter trains and rides.
I love the drafts, but wanted something a tiny bit quicker and softer, so settled on the Canadian breed. I found a horse that I loved, but he got sold before I had a chance to grab him. The same breeder (up in Rocky Mountain House) has a 3-year old gelding that is the same breedline of a 6-yr old mare I know who is fabulous. This gelding is definitely green - but seems to have a steady temperment and a really sweet heart. He's not spooky at all (from what I can tell) and very willing to learn. It took him about 10 minutes to get used to me (and the western saddle) and then we were trotting *fairly* well.
Here's the problem - there's another person wanting him so I have to give an answer by the end of the week. My trainer is the in the midst of moving and cannot do the 2-hour drive to go assess him (she's seen video I took and says he's green but she could take him for a couple of months). Do I jump, or is a 3-year old Canadian still too much for a rider like me? I am used to a completely finished horse, but am willing to put in the work. Just not sure what to do - I don't want to lose this guy but also don't want to bite off more than I can chew. There don't seem to be many Canadian geldings to choose from so I am cautious of losing out.