I found a 15 y/o tb mix that I think is a good match for me. She was used by the Michigan state polo team for a year and it didn't work out. Now the team manager is offering her to me for a very good price. Her name is NoSe, she is about 16 hands and has wonderful ground manners. She is the only horse that I have not been scared on. I have been out to look at her more than once.
The only concern that I have is that she gets antsy when ridden. When I first mount NoSe she does well and will stand until cued to move. It's when we start going that she wants to trot. She listens well and will turn and stop when asked while trotting, but she won't walk. Her walk is very bouncy and it looks like she is running in place.
I was thinking that she has pent up energy and needs to be worked a little before riding. She doesn't know how to lunge at this time and gets no warm up before riding. I know I am not highly skilled, but I really like this mare. It has nothing to do with the way she looks. I just feel very calm on her, unlike other horses I have looked at. I taught my Arabian how to lunge and am confident that I can teach her as well.
Let me know what you guys think.