My goodness! I cannot believe how much you all have educated me by allowing me to see this horse through your experienced eyes, in ways I was simply unable prior! I feel so blessed to have all of your opinions to think through, your statements to process, and your ideas to consider!
I am so tired, having been at work all night, and really want to sit down this afternoon when I wake up and one by one go through your posts and evaluate your comments against my apparent misconceptions about this, and likely many other, horses I've seen!
I'm being very brief only because I can barely keep my eyes open, however, the last thing I want to relay is any form of disinterest in what has been shared here. I have a number of comments and questions brewing about some of what has been said, especially in the face of other information I've read and seen, and I'm extremely curious as to how some of that information relates to the "big picture", horse-purchase- wise!
Anyhow I am left with one overriding thought about this horse, which is, "Why did he stand out to me so?" In order to better understand my own mind, for all future horses I look at (even if just an ad!), I've been asking myself what it was...I need to understand what looks "right" to me and what does not, as well as why so much was missed by me! That may not be the simplest of tasks!
I believe this is a beginning to the answer. First of all, his level of seeming ability to "cope" with everything that was done to/around him was something I've never seen in a horse! I've ridden quick to spook school horses all of my life, the type that would run out on a jump when a breeze blew...probably not a TRUE spook, rather a learned/conditioned response allowing them to get out of jumping/working.
Then, I've seen so many newer riders having to "baby talk" their mounts through difficult/loud/scary things, and always had this sense that the riders must have felt so vulnerable on a horse like that, and I've had a fear of ever owning a horse whom I had to excessively baby around ANYTHING LOUD/bright/different, or else I, too would wind up a vulnerable mess....By contrast, seeing this horse take SO MANY VARIED stimuli in such stride is honestly again, just something I've NEVER been exposed to!
As well he just seemed so easy going at first, but watching the video again, I do see where he does appear tense, and while he isn't spooking, he doesn't look "relaxed"...Ahh, so much to learn!
Again, I can't wait to wake up later and read/ write again with some other observations and questions. Thank you ALL SO VERY MUCH for giving me so much time and information. It truly is priceless. I'll look forward to reading this thread again a bit later today. I hope y'all won't mind too much clarifying some other questions I have @ that time.
To those who've offered to look around/keep an eye out for a possible horse for me, knowing what it is I'm basically seeking, well, that is an unfathomable kindness. Thank you. What a gift!
Okay, more to come later! I'm off to sleep...have a wonderful day, y'all!!
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