I liked the second guy a lot calm-wise. The one thing I would be a little concerned about with him is that he doesn't look very...polished(?) I guess for a horse with the supposed amount of training her's had. Also, his trot (I only watched about halfway through the video), I felt like I might have seen a little head bob in there? I couldn't really tell but from the way that lady was posting, it seemed like his trot might be rough. For me, I would want a lesson horse with smooth gaits - at least for beginners.
The first mare, in the water she reminded me of Lacey: "I'm doing this becuase you're forcing me but anyone else, NO WAY!" I was a smidge put off by that attitude I could "feel" because with Lacey, nothing is going to happen unless "Captain" (aka Lacey in "Ima teach you GOOOOD" mode) says so. It isn't the best trait for a long term lesson horse. I manage it ok with Lacey but she does burn out quickly if I override "Captain" too often. That can, however, be a GREAT personality trait for a horse working with beginners - no accidental anythings.
I wish they had a longer video of her. She sounded really cute from the ad) however, I was a little concerned by the "She needs to go to someone who will bond with her" line. In my experience, horses that need a bond, like it sounds like she might, don't seem to do well in a larger lesson program (they get a little...unhinged...). I don't know how your friend runs it though, maybe she's better than most I've seen... She might be really great though, she certainly sounds good with kids and she's adorable!
The others, couldn't tell much. :/
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 05-10-2012 at 12:06 AM.