This will be the first horse that I'll actually OWN; I've leased before.
The final candidates (the horses whose personalities suit mine and have been successfully vet-checked) are:
1. 19yo Hanoverian mare from a rescue organization. She's taken a liking to me but is very buddy sour and will not pick up her hooves nicely. She kicks and paces on the crossties; she also bites when her girth strap is tightened...but she's very good after she's been lunged and once she's under saddle. She's not spooky.
2. 6yo TB stallion. He's very very affectionate and not spooky or studly. Stands well on cross-ties, sweet mannered. However he's a very hard keeper - doesn't keep weight on well AT ALL.
3. 18yo appendix QH gelding. He's VERY well-mannered and calm but does have very minor arthritis in his shoulder; he's FANTASTIC on trails. Excellent health.
Which do you think I should choose???