After making the wrong decision the first time, we are back on the hunt for a new horse. We have looked at 11 horses so far and found things wrong with all of them (i have kept a list
). Yesterday, we looked at one that I think I will fit well with. She is a 12 year old quarter horse. She's only 14.1 hands but she is very stout and put together nicely so I do not have any worries about her being able to carry around my short but overweight self. She fits everything on my list: trail experience, semi-consistent saddle time, w/t/c and back with no problems, good with feet, stands for grooming, ties, loads, bathes, good for vet and farrier, goes out alone or with a group on trails and she is advertised as no buck/rear/kick/bite (and I never got the impression that she would do any of those things). She also rode and responded really well in a hackmore, which I thought was cool. The best part (and she's the first one to have this) is that she meets several of my bonus items which are: she neck reins, has some jumping experience, she is registered and she has experience being pastured alone (which she will be at my barn besides a goat friend). When I rode her, she did every thing that I asked without any problems. And we are going back to ride her again today. So far, my instincts tell me that she is the winner! But then I start over thinking everything and start second guessing myself because I made totally the wrong decision last time and I could be making the wrong decision this time.
How do you know if your making the right choice!? Sorry my post is so long, but I wanted to make sure I included everything. I guess my last experience really ruined my confidence in knowing what I want and now I need some people with experience to give me some advice! Thanks so much!