-- Sound. I want a horse I can ride hard and not have any problems.
-- Good legs. All other conformation points can be average to moderately flawed, but I want good legs and good feet.
-- Trainable. Not to be confused with smart. Honestly, I don't care if the horse is as dumb as a brick wall. I want a horse that is willing to please and will "get it".
-- Type. Saddle horses with lean muscle and endurance. Not drafties or heavy bred horses. Lightly built ponies are great.
-- Bloodlines. I want horses whose parents are good all around horses and have competed and done well in a variety of sports. The horse's ancestors can have no history of unsoundness or breakdowns.
-- Endurance. I want a horse who has that "drive"; one that could go all day. A horse with the heart to keep on trotting and who loves to move.
I do not want:
-- Crazies. Some horses are just born off their rockers. No amount of training can fix it, and I don't want a thing to do with it.
-- Hard keepers.
I would like, but no not require:
-- Color. Sue me.
-- Gaited. Gaited horses are fun.
I already have a horse that fits all my requirements, so I'm happy.