Thanks everyone! This afternoon was a learning experience.
She is not the horse for me.
She is gorgeous....a buckskin paint with white face. And she had beautiful movement but she had no "whoa". I need a horse that stops when I ask it to.
My trainer and I lunged her first and then my trainer rode her again. She said she was not as calm as she was the first time she rode her...could have been the weather, could have been the fact that there were a lot more people there this time...regardless, she was a little more high strung.
The owner claimed it is because she was trained for speed events and was trained to go..not stop.
Yep, that is what she said.
My trainer knew right away when she saw the trouble she had stopping her that I was no longer interested. Good brakes are important to me.
I actually knew within my first 10 minutes of being there, seeing the horse in her home environment, that she wasn't my horse. I had trouble picking her feet up and cleaning her hooves. (actually dug a screw out of one... Wonder how long that had been there? The owner admitted her hooves are not picked often)
I guess everything is a lesson and this helped solidfy in my mind what kind of horse I want. I need a confidence builder.
So, it is back to the drawing board. :)