Looking at Ponies...
I've recently decided to look into eventing/jumper ponies. I'm going to school in the fall so can't keep my TB, but there's a possibility that I can field board so I'm looking for an easy keeper! After seeing several ponies, this weekend I saw a few more and am really on the fence of what I want.
One pony I was 100% comfortable riding, was athletic and fun, but on the lazy side, (when I tried him people said he woke up with spurs) and he's middle aged, about 10. He did hunters with his old owner, but has the scope for pony jumpers when he's awake.
The other pony was hot hot hot, but very sane (I actually lost a stirrup at one point and she kept her rhythm and wasn't stupid as I fished around for it at the canter) and yet again, another fun ride. Her gaits were a little harder to get used to, but she was super duper athletic. I was a little timid about riding her because the people said she does best when you stay out of her way, so I was working to do just that. She was definitely a challenge to ride, but it was fun. The only thing I struggled with was getting her lead changes in her hind end, (but I can't really blame myself because my old horse did them auto so I never really learned how to properly ask) and her down transitions. Her bit was a happy mouth elevator on the middle ring, and the people said that she's more responsive to a slow twist snaffle.
The people showing me the ponies suggested that they thought the lazy pony was a better fit than the hot one, but I can't 100% agree. Sure I probably looked better on the first pony, but I'm not looking for a confidence builder. I would rather take a few months to learn how to ride the difficult one than jump on the easy one and not progress. Besides, the only things I had issues with were the things I mentioned, and like I said, I can't blame myself for the lead swaps, and as for the down transitions, I think I just wasn't being aggressive enough. (I always ride defensively when I get on a new horse) Oh, and the hot pony is 6 AND actually has experience through novice eventing and in pony jumpers.
What do you guys think. Easy pony I know I won't have any problems riding, or tough pony that I'd have to work my butt off to learn?