Recently I've been visiting various farms and barns in search of another [small] horse or pony. This is due to the event that my past mare has been re-homed to a rehabilitation facility, as she experiences excessive and unpredictable episodes of Laminitis. She is also insulin resistant. So, I often could not cart drive her or show her as I first planned.
As of late, I have been searching for a low-maintenance pleasure driving and liberty trick horse. I have taken into consideration a mini horse, and am not opposed to it as they require significantly less care than a larger horse, but are capable of driving.
I have seen 7 horses with my trainer. Two of which seem the best candidates, although they are a ponies.
BRITTANY: Black and white pinto, 17 years old by May, gentle and floating strides. Brittany has not been exercised for some time, and is reportedly "very bonded" to another horse (I briefly exercised her away from this horse: no issues). She is 10 hands and a very sweet Shetland, so on the shorter side a pony. She is not trained to ride or drive, but is a suitable prospect. She also appears to reference her handler for assurance and confidence-plausible anxiety?
CARAMEL MACCHIATO: "Caramel Macchiato" or "Mocha" is a petite strawberry roan driving mini horse. She is 33" tall to her withers and is as sweet as can be, with no vices. She is quite push-button, but is not stubborn or lazy either. I have nothing bad to say about this horse.
I have not been able to decide which of these horses, as upon meeting them in person, Brittany was unbelievably upbeat, enthusiastic and quite independent from the other horses. Mocha was exactly as described above. Neither were spooky. Any thoughts?