Yes yes and yes ;)
I am trying to be as open minded in my search.
I am giving myself a 200 mile radius. I have no trailer, but there are plenty of people I know who can :)
One horse that I REALLY like was this little girl... Triton Morgan Horses
She was pulled away from her lunch to give us a ride, no lounge, and saddle put right on. In a snaffle and martingale (which I would want to do away with martingale). She is broke to ride and drive, but her owner has more of that kind of super close contact with her. I would have to have her retrained to my happy loose rein western pleasure.
Her brother is at my barn and went through the same training, now a year later. He's a great little trail horse and very kind. She was referred to me because of her VERY mellow, kind demeanor.
I just have no experience with Morgans, but she seems very sound, good feet and GREAT mind. Perhaps I should move in this direction...
(I was told she's been on the market for a while and I could probably get a good reduction in cost) I would put her in 60 days of finishing/tuneup with the remainder of my budget :)
She is a bit rusty as the owner has had kids taking lessons her her. She is in need of a tune up but a good horse is there.
What is your experience with retraining from close contact to relaxed Western pleasure? I found out the dressage trainer at my barn is starting to teach western dressage... and I'm on board. I could either have her retrained with the lady who has been helping me...who has a cutting horse background, or with the trainer that my friend uses who has the dressage background. Any thoughts on this?