I appreciate your response! Thank you!
To answer your question, I an looking for a basic riding horse of essentially any sort. What I mean by that is...I wish to be able to practice what I am learning in my lessons from week to week so that I will get the very most out of my lesson time spent. In other words, despite running over every moment of what I learned in my lesson for the subsequent week in my head and visually on video, observing for where errors were made on my part, where I , could have done something more effectively, and also, where I did things right, so as to be sure I repeat the good and not the bad, I do not have any OTHER MEANS through which to polish my training obtained...it would be as if I was a gymnast, but only went for training sessions with the coach yet spent no time alone practicing maneuvers the coach had taught me. That would do a disservice to me overall as well as the coach!
What I am seeking is a horse upon which I can W/T/C, practice upward and downward transitions, improve my balance and athleticism (& overall position through reinforcing it many days per week, multiple hours in the saddle), and practice making my aides as subtle as possible & as realistic, depending upon the training level of said horse.
I am completely disinterested in color, gender, (just no studs, obviously!) or really, breed...size isn't too important either...I am 5'1" on a good day and about 140lbs, with a pesky 20# to lose, but overall should be an easy rider to fit any horse/pony even, as I am not TOO BIG or TOO SMALL!
I also want a horse to love on! A horse to pamper, to respect, to groom frequently and thoroughly and to work with on consistency and manners in a gentle yet appropriately assertive way when need be.
To me, this should not be too tall an order! Plus, I LOVE MUCKING, CLEANING TACK, & am a stickler for a good overall body/leg check with each visit and have been known to catch small problems even at my rescue where I volunteer which others missed, so feel I could REALLY be even more than a financial asset to someone!
I agree, by the way, with your assessment of what your mustang's ex-owners were likely looking for. Very lucky horse to have found his way to you and your family! :0)
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"