Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Think about what your goals are, then pick your horse accordingly. From what you say, you would be mostly interested in pleasure riding rather than competing at a specific discipline. Why would you want to take a chance at a horse bred for competing in dressage that you need to put a lot of money and training into before you can ride it? The market for horses like that should mostly be very experienced dressage riders who are looking to buy a young talent to bring along. In the worst case scenario, you put all that training into the horse and then realize afterwards that he is not at all suited to what you want to do...
Not to mention that if you are mostly looking for personality, gelding can change a stallion's personality very much.
Assess your needs honestly and go from there. What do you want to do with the horse now? Where would you like to be with your riding in 5 years? What's important to you when it comes to personality, training and talent? There's no shame in saying you are not interested or ready to compete and just want a nice companion for pleasure riding.
You found a trainer that comes highly recommended - meet him, make sure you are on the same wavelength. Maybe take a few lessons from him, and have him assess your riding skills honestly and independent of anyone trying to sell you a horse.
If you like him and you two agree that you want to work together, bring him along or consult with him when you meet potential candidates.
Don't let yourself get talked into buying anything hastily. Horses are very much a buyer's market. There are many, many good horses for sale out there, so take your time and make sure you find one that you can enjoy.