Ok, here's my dilemma: Last night I tried out a 15hh paint mare, who's 12 years old. She's a barrel racer, and is apparently pretty good at it. She's amazingly sweet, and I felt like we got along really well. I did your basic walk/trot/canter, and then we went over some ground poles at the canter. She didn't spook, though she tried to avoid one of the poles every time.
What's the point of all this? I really love this mare, but I'm looking for a hunter/jumper.
This was the first time she'd ever been under an english saddle.
BUT, she's also a hand shorter than what my trainer wants for me, she doesn't jump (but we think she has the ability), and we don't know if she does flying lead changes or not (which my trainer is being pretty strict about).
What would you do if you were in my shoes?
She's only $1,800 (the owners are only asking what they paid for her), and I have a budget of $8,000, so I would have a lot left over to spoil her with.
I need help
Her name is Concho, by the way (and she's due for a name change if I get her