There is this BEAUTIFUL dun mare (see horse pictures forum for the post of her). She is 11, she isn't a fast horse, mainly used for trail riding. She is short, I mean she is 14.1hh short, but she is stocky. She doesn't like her face being washed so she steps back, and she disagrees with being cinched sometimes. I have made an offer on her and the owner has accepted it, but nothing will be paid or moved until Sunday.
The problem. I came across this gelding who may be better for me. He is 6 years old, taller, trained in both english and western, he is good on trails, he is mellow and has no problems being washed, feet picked up, stands for being saddled, and is also good looking.
They are the same price. Part of me wants to stick with the mare because the owner has accepted the offer, and I don't want to be rude and say "No I found something better", but I really think this gelding might be a better match for me. I ride both english and western, I love jumping and barrels, so finding a guy that can do both is ideal. I mean I won't compete in anything, just do things for fun, but the gelding seems like more of the "whole package" rather then the mare who is just trained western and hasn't jumped anything before in her life.
Advice on backing out of an offer? Should I stick with the mare that I have been looking at for a couple weeks because the owner accepted an offer on her? Or should I back out because I think I found something better suited for me? How do I go about letting the owner down that I might not purchase her horse?