Thanks so much everyone, for the responses! I'm so glad that you all agree that he seems to be a good, dependable little guy. I was really excited to come across him. Wallaby, I noticed that too- and I'd definitely ask for a lot of walk-trot transitioning when watching him in person or riding him. From the photos of his walking though, he looks to be fine. He isn't overflexing or pulling at his bit from what I see, although I could be wrong. In the parts where he is walking, he seems alert (which is good. No one likes a sloppy walk) but not overly excited about trotting. He responds when asked, and not any more, which sounds perfect.
I'm assuming that his low price is coming off of the fact that he doesn't really have any of the show-type training that a lot of the others. He's been taught his basic reining skills but not any career type work, which is fine with us! He's been introduced to all of them and we're experienced enough to fine tune him if we did find that we wanted him for a specific event.
Mudpaint- I'm glad to hear that she's well known! One thing that our BO was really worried about when I told her that I was searching online was trustworthiness, especially if we go to see a horse that I can't just up and drive over to a few times just to make sure the horse is all they say it is. I REALLY like how this lady's horses are represented and presented though. It says a lot about the place to me just knowing that they take the time to try their best to find good, suitable homes.
Yes, I was wondering about his saddle fit. 3/4 through the video it looks as if the girl had to adjust her saddle due to slipping (which also made me smile, as he didn't even flinch when she did that. A few of ours would of atleast jigged a bit or tossed their heads) I'm wondering though if that might have something to do with his weight. His withers aren't defined, but you can tell that there is a bit more to them than you can see. They're wedged under all of that fluff! Id have to see what they have on him and how well that goes, and check for a saddle in our stock that is nearly the same or would work just as well.
I think i'm going to email her firstly about his bit, and see if theres a reason he has such a harsh mouthpiece, then ask about his saddle, and maybe a bit about his skills as far as backing up and sidestepping. It doesnt say anything about either of those, and I really would like for him to already know how to atleast back up. I need to see what kind of housing arrangement he has also, since he'd be pastured if he lived with us.
Definitely worth looking at though
I'll let you guys know the outcome!