I was looking for a trail horse last spring, and was fortunate enough to find one through a network of horse people I know. Although I did not know the seller myself, she was in a reliable network, so I knew I could trust her. The horse had been exclusively trail ridden for the last 4 years. She put beginners on him, etc. I went, (drove 8 hours to see him) rode a long trail ride and he was a dream. Now-here is the catch. Yes, he will pack a monkey and follow perfectly. He will also go out alone. However, if you ask him to really DO anything but follow, or anything he really considered work, he pinned his ears and got pissy. It has taken us 6 months of training to get past that, and he still gets pissy at times. He IS the perfect guy, if following blindly is what you want. Know totally what you want and what your capabilities are, then know what the horses vices are, how they spook (they all have vices, and they ALL will spook at something), and make sure the vice and the spook are not deal breakers for you, that you can deal with them. When either of my guys spook, they simply plant their feet. Perfect, at least in my mind. Rarely one will slightly veer to the side. Frankly, huge horse flies are my worst enemy. Worse than ANY spook.
Even once you get the perfect horse, remember, you have to work to keep them like that. Take them out in varying circumstances, sometimes alone, varying terrain, sometimes, lead, sometimes follow, etc.
Good luck and have fun with your search!
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