Quick recap, I'm in the process of selling some of my pasture pets and ornaments, because I have to many horses without a job, and I need A horse for the job I want.
So, this older, larger, sometimes brave, sometimes not old broad is looking basically for a dressage partner, to do training level next season, and then move up to first or *gasp* possibly second level over time. Although I ride locally, as local as you can get out here in the middle of nowhere, and show with a very small club, in a very friendly and informal, atmosphere, we do video the tests and they get assessed through The International Riding Academy , which means little old backwater hicks like us are judged by video by such people as
Dr. Cesar Parra
Alison Hughes Martin
Which is quite a thrill
OK, back to the horse shopping, my head, and some of my advisers keep suggesting very sensible horses for my needs, but looking at a lot of them nothing 'floats my boat' enough for me to want to go see and try them.
The horses that I like the look of are often judged unsuitable....*le sigh*
And the one I really really like is not liked by a lot of people *double le sigh*
How important is the smile factor to people?
Obviously when I get around to going to ride and try out some of these prospects I will not buy anything that I don't feel good on, or that worries me at all.
Say there is one that makes me smile, feels good, looks right and is obviously going to do everything I want, how do you balance that against one who may not be so suitable, but just puts that huge great sh1t eating grin that some horses give you?
I know that there is no right and wrong answer, just looking for peoples own views