Okay...many comments were so very helpful, and so very much appreciated!
Let me first reply to franknbeans, by stating definitively
the reason I posted this video was by no means or intent
to be disrespectful, nor was it to "mock" the facilty owner/rider, or horse in ANY manner! As well, apparently, FnB does not consider me worthy of such a loftymount.
certainly her prerogative.
Regarding the actual information provided~I could not appreciate more
the depth and breadth of information received! Maura, your critique was beyond excellent! Everyone, actually, gave me at least one important point to consider both when re-viewing this particular sale video, as well as in the future, when I will be looking at probably hundreds of potential videos and "live ride" horses, while trying to suss out precisely what I am seeing before me.
Whether it is (at any point) an unsound horse I am looking at, a stiff horse, or one which has had less than optimal training for the activity it is participating in...these are all things that I must "train" my eye to understand better somehow, and you all have provided me with a teriffic starting point on how to view such aspects.
My trainer will certainly be involved in the purchase process (I am faaar too inexperienced in conformation and putting the entire picture of what I am seeing together to make such an important choice independently), once we get that far. She definitely will recommend potential purchases; but while searching on my own, I want to be able to even somewhat reliably rule in or out the "favorites" to show her.
Some of Maura's comments, and some by Faye as well, provided me with the ability to "see" in terms of "what was (most-likely) actually happening within the horse, as well as the rider. Especially, that movement which this gelding made when jumping (and I had concluded was possibly stiffness)...and then Maura described differently--more thoroughly--rather. So much of what was said was just really helpful to me, as I now have a starting point when researching potential issues to look for when I get even deeper into my new horse search.
My trainer feels that to meet my needs regarding what I am looking to do, I should start looking for a hunter/trail-type, possibly even light endurance-capable horse. As I understand it, her desire for me is to search in each category separately, and then look for a horse that has some cross-over areas, if that makes sense?
Thus, I am looking, at present, at everything out there. To me, that means ignore price.
Just learn how to see the good and bad points in every class of horse--the amazing, the so-so, and the terrible. To learn all I can about each kind of horse, what makes one so different from the other in terms of price and ability (and where these factors meet) and then move from there...
Thank you to those who didn't feel I was doing something wrong by asking general, non-insulting questions about this horse (advertised FOR viewing on You Tube, correct?). I apologize for coming off snarky toward fnb, and likely being too thin skinned about this, but the last thing I expected after clearly expressing a GREAT liking for this horse, was to be told not only that I should "be careful" with looking for information about for sale ads unless I am intending to showing up later that day, essentially, and somehow make an offer on the horse. On top of that, to then be told in basic plain language that I am not good enough for this horse. Wow, I was always taught it was rude to make an "assessment" like that about someone's financial means without knowing such for certain...Just kinda stung; leaving it alone now...)