Originally Posted by maura
An additional point to consider, along with what the other posters have mentioned:
This horse is *fit* - she was conditioned to do a 25 mile ride recently.
So if you're looking for a horse to amble down the trail while you gossip with a friend, this is probably not the right horse for you.
Everything about that video indicates that the owner put quantity time in her; both time on the ground work and time in the saddle - do you have that kind of time? What kind of horse will you have if you don't put that kind of time in her?
I can absolutely see why you'd want her, but I think you need to do a very realistic evaluation of what you want in a horse, and the kind of time you can spend in the saddle.
Great points, Maura. I think this would be an awesome horse for the right rider being used in the right way. I had a mare that wasn't hot but had a lot of energy and it litterally would take me 45 minutes of long trotting to even get her breathing hard. Since I am limited with my riding time, I never got to completely enjoy her because the time I had to ride was used to just get her to a point she relaxed. If I took her on a trail ride, we were constantly having to stop and wait for everyone else to catch up because she walked faster than my friend's horses. I either has to find different friends to ride with or get a different horse.
Evaluate what's important to you in a horse and what you will be using the horse for, and then see if this horse fits the bill. If so, go for it. If not, don't try to make her work into your plans because she's a pretty horse.