I found a quite nice looking four year old dark bay mare (with no white whatsoever which is strange because I usually prefer at least a star) and I messaged my instructor with a link to get her opinion. Her adoption fee is only $300 and she's in Pennsylvania so it's not too far away. Perhaps we could even take a trip down to meet her. She has a great pedigree too.. with Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Mr. Prospector, Bold Ruler, Northern Dancer.. with Secretariat and Mr. Prospector as her great/great great grandfathers.
As for her conformation, her pasterns have a good angle (which matches her shoulder slope and as well as her hindquarters it appears). She is not over at the knee at all. Clean legs. Her hind pasterns have the same angle as her front pasterns and her legs seem to be well angled and she doesn't appear sickle hocked nor camped out. Her neck seems to come out at a good angle. She has a smooth topline with a slight uphill build. In her video, she had a nice floaty trot under saddle. She just needs work on balancing and just the basics. She does the same head raising as Indie, but as with Indie, I am confident that her head will come down as well with regular work. She also has nicely lengthed cannons and a refined face.
I'm scared to post pictures because I'm worried that people might start e-mailing about her! She looks like a super nice horse even though she's not what I typically go for, colour-wise.. but that's what everyone has told me, colour is only a bonus!