Hi there! So I recently sold my appaloosa mare back to the lady that raised her, which has left me with no horse for this seasons trails.
My friend and I will hit the trails a couple times a week during the summer, once are horses are conditioned we will be out all day and camp.
My friend rides a percheron X tb with long strides that, up until I got my 16hh appy, I was always falling behind.
I am 5'2" 110-115lbs. Don't want a super tall horse again.
The two horses I like are:
Grey - 7 year old Polish arab grey gelding,
14.3hh, 1 hour from my house
Lots of trail experience
blackie - 5 year old Rocky Mountain black mare
14.3hh, 30 min from my house
Not so much trail experience but 5 months training for it
Both horses need a tune up, neither have really been ridden all winter.
Both are the same price.
Which would you go for?
I am leaning towards Blackie, just because I wanted to take this chance to get a new breed, and I just got a grey arab (although a different grey, he's dapple mine is flea bitten)
Blackie gaits but isnt consistant at this time, I am unfamiliar with gaited horses this would be my first
Grey has been there done that camping wise, and has good endurance.
Both go out alone
Both have no speacial needs and are sound
I am looking for a shorter horse that wont be strained carrying me and light gear through the mountains. I don't want to be left behind but I am fine leaving other behind ;)
Please just let me know what you think!
And share any personal experience you have!
(Grey and Blackie aren't the horses real names lol, its just to identify them)
(also, the arabian I have, is very very green I have just started her but she doesn't have mountain horse personality she is more of a show horse which I will also be doing this summer)