May I ask why you are looking at a horse that needs heavy contact and then another that needs light contact? I'm just curious.
Honestly I think both could work out well enough but the second seems to have more potential to me, I like the way she goes over the jumps, she seems to like them well enough. Choose whichever you like best and feel suits your personality and style.
As far as what suits my personality....heck if I know! Sometimes I'm mellow, sometimes I'm firey. I was hoping you guys could point out a fatal/deal breaker flaw and make the decision easier.
I really liked both. My trainer is going to ride the gelding on Friday to see if he has any spirit at all under there and to put him over a few cavaletti's to see how his brain works. That should get me a better idea. I liked how he did through the water. As far as the mare, you guys are right, she really seems to enjoy jumping and is unfazed by new things, even with her greenness. We are going to try to ride her again next week.
Does anyone else see the sickle hocks Drafty pointed out? I'm just not that good at critiquing..