deciding between two horses
I am getting a horse and have seen and riden a lot in the past 3 weeks. So far its between two horses but I cant decide, they each have their own positive points and each have a negative.
Im looking for a horse for mostly trail riding, and I would like to start taking lessons agian. Also any horse I get has to be ok with a beginner on so when I ride with my friends who havnt riden a lot, they can ride my horse. I also need to make sure any horse I get can be riden about 6 days a week.
Horse #1 Bobbi's Girl, she is a 7 year old dapple grey thourghbred mare. Hasnt been riden in about a year. The owner has had her for about two weeks and got her from a friend of his who had too many horses, he has been working with her for the last two weeks, about 8 hours a day. She has great ground manners, very sweet horse, who just wants love. I rode her and on the trail portion of the ride she was perfect, went under tunnels,passed other horses who came up on her a little fast, and was fine when these kids rode around her on a bike. The one negative about her was I rode her in a very very large public arena where she has only been turned out in, not riden in. I was the first to ride her in there and once I asked her to trot she just wanted to go go go and I felt it was hard to pull her back. It could have been the large arena or the fact she had a very gentle bit on. So I am going to try and ride her in a smaller arena and see how she does. I also think that with regular riding she might be fine too, but like i said before she was fine on the trail part.
Horse #2 Is a 16 year old thourghbred gleding, who knows dressage and has been worked/riden almost everyday for the last year, so he is in shape. He seemed very relaxed on the cross ties, but when the owner put the saddle on he put his ears back and started grinding his teeth, he didnt try to bite her or anything he just didnt like it, he didnt even try to bite her and kept standing still to let her finsih tacking up. He has mild arthritis and she said he is fine as long as he is warmed up before any exercsie. I watched her ride him to warm him up and he seemed great, he did spook a little at this one corner. She said that sometimes he might spook, not a lot, but when he does he is easy to get back under control. I jumped on him and he was surprisingly very responsive to my leg, he did seem to be slightly hyper and kicked out once with his back leg, but nothing that made us stop. His negative is his age and his mild arthritis.
So Im not sure which one to get, Ill be riding both agian this week.
What do you guys think?