Ok I've narrowed down my search to an Arab gelding and a TB mare. This will be the 3rd horse I've owned and I consider myself an confident advanced beginner. I'm just looking for a good trail mount and a walk/trot/canter in the arena every once in a while horse.
16yo 14.3hh Arabian gelding, been with the same family for the past 10 years, no complications and easy, sane trail horse, but has the Arabian personality. Spunky in the pasture, but not under saddle and not in a dangerous way. I've never owned an Arab so I can't say I know a lot about the breed. He's been a backyard buddy and my only concern would be bringing him to a busier barn with 20+ horses. Easy to handle on the ground and knows some basic dressage. He has another gelding friend and they're best buds, so I'd also be a bit concerned about separating them (they've been together for 10+ years).
8yo TB mare, 16hh, never raced and very sweet. Great trail mount. She has go in her but is good with novice riders and forgiving of mistakes. She's done night camps and was the horse this lady put her beginner father on for trail riding. Kind eye, no complications, just a good horse. She is younger (and bigger) than what I was looking for but her personality is great and I don't want to judge every horse by their age.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the Arab but here is one of the TB. Any advice on breeds here? My first horse was a TB gelding and he was a ham. A little hot for me but looking back with the riding I've done in the past few years I know if I had him now I could handle him. He was 9. My previous trainer had a 12 yo OTTB mare that was the sweetest, calmest horse I've met. I don't know much about Arabs.