You're killing me here! Lol
I did make it to the show for a few hours. There were about three horses I would have loved to take home. There was this pretty Belgian/Quarter cross who was just a doll. I left before he was auctioned because I didn't want to impulse bid with no money. Lol.
There was a Quarter horse that would have been the perfect beginner horse. The rider stood on the horse's back and flicked a whip several times. The horse didn't even flick an ear! I think you could have run this horse over with a truck and it wouldn't have minded. Another favorite was this amazing buckskin, also a Quarter if I recall. It went for over $2500 and was just a beautiful animal. The training was very good and expansive. The horse gave the impression that you could teach it to do anything.
There were two horses there that would have been terrible beginner horses. One was a very pretty Morgan. It sold for $250-275. It panicked when it entered the pen and kept backing up into the gates as it tried to escape. The lady had a terrible time controlling the poor thing. The horse was labelled as "feisty" and needing a strong hand. I'm not sure if the horse was just very afraid or just unruly. The lady did manage to get a few circuits in the pen, but the horse wasn't very happy. Sure was pretty though.
The other horse was a smaller Quarter who was just a very very unhappy animal. To my novice eyes, I would blame the rider as she didn't seem to be communicating with the horse. She made the horse do the usually backing-up, side-stepping, and round the ring stuff. However, she was constantly sawing at the reins. As I said, to me it seemed like she wasn't letting the horse know what she wanted and then sawed the reins until the horse figured it out. She would stop him so suddenly and then back him up. Then she would turn him one way and another. The horse had his chin against his neck because of how tight the reins were pulled. He was not happy. Personally, I felt he would have done what she asked if she communicated better, but I know very little. Maybe I'm completely wrong and he was just being a jerk by not listening to his rider. Either way, I wanted to take him home because I felt he might have reacted differently with another rider.
Overall, it made me realize that I really really really need to get that money saved!