I've decided to give up on a young project and just go with a calm, quiet, well broke trail horse. I have a horseless horse-fiend where I board my horses and I'd quite like a riding buddy. I'd be ecstatic if I could take Red out on the roads and trails more, and with a calm, quiet partner I could.
Red's well broke, but not beginner broke (he needs the finesse and feel of an intermediate to advanced rider). Loki is going to be re-trail-broke, but I doubt he'll ever be suitable for a beginner. Divo's getting broke this year hopefully, but he too has that 'getupandgo'.
I figure I can always get a nice project colt again after I finish Red's training and sell him. He's really a GREAT horse, I just don't like him very much We don't click, so to speak. Get along fine, he rides like a show horse (just needs some more miles to polish and shine), just don't have the 'connection'.
SO! What do YOU look for in a riding horse? I'm keeping my horizons as open as possible and trying to focus on the 'Calm and Quiet' section. I like my horses with spunk and jazz, I see the calm, quiet, push-buttony types as, well....boring.