Sorry for the double post, but..
So excited! I have a friend whose teenage daughter is leasing a horse in our barn. The mare she is leasing is wonderful, yet a bit too opinionated and fiery for this rather timid girl, so they are looking to buy her a horse of her own, a more gentle one. So they've asked for my help in horse hunting and Saturday we're going to check out a nice, 9yo, gray mare and I get to ride her first! This will be my first time checking out a horse like this - I bought Snickers after having leased him and I hadn't exactly searched for him, he just found me.
So, I have asked for the mare to be left in the pastures when we come, so that I can check how she is when caught, lead and groomed. While grooming, I'm going to check her all over, check her legs for any past injuries, check her back for soreness, check her feet, check if she lets me touch her anywhere. Then I'm going to see her owner ride her, then - get up myself, and the girl will get to walk her off. Is there anything else I shouldn't forget to do/ask?
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.