My question to you, is how much experience do YOU have right now as a rider. I think from a project point of you and getting back into eventing, the first horse is absolutely lovely and to be honest probably a much better resale value BUT does look green. He seems very obedient, lovely on the bit and very responding to the leg. You can tell that horse has had quite a bit of professional work. You can also see the rider always riding with very light contact and always willing to do the work for you. Very responsive to his rider and very alert-super cute looking horse. The horse does seem to have an absolutely lovely temper which is HUGE in what you will achieve riding wise.
The second horse is clearly more experienced, but does seem a lot more headstrong, and really not a fan of his confo compared to the first one(just from the looks of it-have no idea-for sure what its truly like without proper confo shots). The horse looks more like a backyard trained horse by a brave teen and just went for the shows-not always bad, but doesn't seem to have the same solid basics as your first contender-however has much nicer striding and not as constricted looking.
The best thing you can do, is go out and try them both, because I think that alone will be enough to determine which horse is best suited for you. You will be able to compare your riding expertise and the horse's experience with what you know and like. Hoping with the kind of injury you've had, that you're gong to working with a trainer?
Last edited by my2geldings; 04-06-2011 at 02:28 PM.