I have a friend who is looking for a new riding horse. She wants a horse to do trails on , primarily, and she needs a steady horse, though she is a good rider and does not need a plug, she is not a youngster, and she does not want to try and "break" a horse. She just wants to enjoy riding and work on some skills to improve her feel and connection with the horse, and go out in the woods with her buddies.
So, looking near here there aren't as many good options. One that I saw recently was a nice horse, seemed to have a good mind. Very calm , seemed confident, and was balanced and free in his movements as observed at all gaits in an arena . But, had very little trail experience. That which he had, he'd done well at.
For this reason, she is hesitant. She wants to look on, but I feel that she would be passing up a rare good horse if she does not act on him. (good horses go fast around here, since there are not so many well trained western horses.)
So, my question is, which is more important : temperament or experience, in a case like this.
I tend to say temperament, since it's very hard to change. But, for a woman who is not young anymore, not a trainer and already has had two years of working with a hrose with bad behavior (due to pain), she just wants a bit of a push button horse, it seems.