I'm still shopping. I've come across this mare and I really like her. She's currently residing at an Alberta-based rescue after being seized by the ASPCA along with 7 other horses last year or thereabouts. She came in with 2 foals at side - no one was 100% sure if both foals belonged to her, or if she was just overly accommodating.
Swan is approximately 5 years old and stands somewhere in the realm of 14.1hh. The rescue thinks she is an Arab X Appy, but the slight feather on her legs leads me to believe that she could have some Welsh in her. I consulted a friend of mine who used to work with Welsh Cobs in Ireland, and he agrees that she does share some similarities. What do you think?
I've attached some photos below. The first one is her conformation shot, and it's not the best, but it'll do. The second is more to show off her kind face and front end. She looks fairly well put together. To my inexperienced eye, she looks a tad flat in the back and bum high. Her legs and feet look alright (she's barefoot), but her knees seem a bit flat to me too. She's still underweight, so maybe some of her issues will be resolved with gentle work and constant care. The third is of her under saddle... she's green broke, but she looks fairly relaxed.
My use for her would be a glorified pasture pet. She'd spend most of her time in the pasture, but I would like to take her for trail rides and maybe... over the occasional low jump or something. I would prefer to keep her barefoot and ride her bareback, but am looking at second-hand English saddles as well.
She looks like she could do the job that you are looking for. With her being green, she probably will need some miles and education for the occasional jump if you are thinking anything more than just a small log on the ground. She looks very sweet and like you said she has a very kind eye. Horses are just so good natured it amazes me everyday. Even though she was abused (assuming so since she was siezed by ASPCA) she is still willing to do a job and work for people. She needs somebody to love on her and spoil her rotten!
I don't see Appy either, but from what they tell me, she came from a person who bred "for color". There were some Appaloosas in the bunch and maybe that's why they thought she was part Appy.
As for her feet, she is rather spooky about her rear hooves and it's a slow progression. She could have been between trims when the pictures were taken, but I don't know for sure. I'll have to take a closer look when I go to meet this mare and ask some questions.
Re: Jumping - small logs are exactly what I'm thinking. If I decide to adopt this horse, I don't actually plan to do much with her this year, aside from ground work, grooming and a very slow progression from me on the ground to me on her back. I have all the time in the world and my goal is to bring her around as slowly as possible, so that nothing scares her. I want to get to know her while she gets to know me, build a mutual trust and then go from there.