Ok some of you may know that I'm seriously considering purchasing this 5yo APHA mare (we've actually come to a pricing agreement and I was waiting to see her with the farrier this week before making it official). I've gone to see her 3 times now and there is nothing I don't like. She has a very impressive pedigree, beautiful conformation, and a nice, quiet personality, especially for a 5yo. She's been well started and a confident beginner can easily handle her. Good ground manners. Only a few things I noticed that she'll need work on sooner rather than later, and the main one being she paces a bit between transitions, especially from walk to trot. Fixable though, and she's willing.
Here is my dilemma: I don't show horses or use them for anything other than putting around the arena and light trail riding. The two I've owned in the past were grade, older (12, 15) Heinz 57 horses that were virtually bombproof and awesome pasture pets. They were perfect trail companions and light riding horses and fit well into our lives. This 5yo has been trained english, western, dressage, etc. She is flashy and would make an amazing show horse (dressage, hunter/jumper, western pleasure). She just has so much potential and that is certainly reflected in her price. I brought my husband out to see her for the first time last night and although he likes her, he thinks that it would almost be a waste buying a horse like that and sticking her in our pasture, hopping on occasionally for a trail ride...especially when we can spend less than half her cost for a solid, safe and sound horse that can meet the few needs we have.
So basically I am asking, even though she's a great horse and more than capable of doing what we like to do, should I pass on her? I feel like she really belongs at a show home with someone who is going to challenge her and bring her to her potential, use her for what she really should be doing. I know you can use any horse for any type of riding (generally), but some are just born to do certain things and this horse would be an amazing pony club mount and has the personality and brains to get to the top...instead of maybe just sitting in the pasture and getting the occasional ride. Sorry this was so long, but really looking for opinions/advice! Thank you.