I'm back again for more opinions on another potential horse.
This next one seems to check off all my requirements-- except he is on the older side. He is a 19 year old Hanoverian, shown to 4th level dressage and ready to compete prix st george. He is not spooky (has even herded sheep!), good on trails and is completely healthy and sound. Obviously, I don't need one so schooled, but I did want a horse more highly schooled than me. A schoolmaster, if you will.
He has a very kind temperament, and very very patient. He is the most advanced horse I'd ever hopped on (the owner encouraged me to use his double bridle so that was a first for me! But he did assure me he rides perfectly in a regular snaffle and offered to pull off the second rein if I felt too uncomfortable) but I felt as if this horse took care of me. Totally messed up on the ride, but I didn't feel completely out of my league, and although a lot of my aids were confusing, the horse was patient and relaxed through it all. He was also happy enough doing simple things like multiple 'boring' circles.
Considering all that, would you still shy away from a 19 year old? Also, this would be my first horse and I'm still fairly new to the riding world, with only three years under my belt.
Also, what would you pay for him? I already gave my potential offer, but I am curious. http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/.../confo_dey.jpg
I do have a vid with me on him, but it was such a terrible ride for me, I'm hesitant, but I will if you think it will help.