Hey everybody! I am on my way home and happy to report... Mission success!
I went to see palomino and I wasn't exactly... Blown away like I imagined I would be by my first horse. He was beautiful for sure, very colorful and flashy. His owner was riding him around when I got there and when she asked him for a canter he threw out a buck and crow hopped twice. She said he has honestly never done that before. I believe her only because the ground was very rocky and he was reluctant to canter and I think if this had been a regular thing he would have been more explosive and less frustrated looking. I got on him and he was fine to ride, very responsive and quick. When I got off I saw a minor crack in one of his back hooves and he had to wear boots in the arena because of the rocks. The other people there looking turned him down because of his feet. I decided to get to know him a little more and did not like how pushy he was. Very little respect for personal space, flattens his ears when he realizes you don't have a treat for him and is just quite spoiled. I also did not like his confirmation. He had a butt that was higher than his withers by a few inches and a long droopy back. It looked like when you stretch out dough and it starts to sag in the middle. Not something that would make him out of the question but long backs really get to me, I think they are hideous. I struggled on whether to put a deposit down and decided to take my chances with the next horse and if I didn't like the next one, I could come back to the palomino if he was still available and think on it some more.
Best decision ever!! I knew the second I saw him he was the one for me. He was respectful of my space, quiet, very sweet and curious but also a bit reserved. I could tell I would need to get to know him before he could trust me and we could really be friends. To ride, he was very comfortable! The other horse's walk was strange and jolting, almost felt like he was lame but I could see when he walked he wasn't. But this horse was calm and soooo receptive! Neck reins, moves off your leg, when you ask him for a whoa it's immediate. I walked, trotted and got to canter which is something I didn't try with the other one because of the bad footing. I was really happy with his gaits and I loved him. Perfect for what I wanted to do. I was an hour ahead of the other people coming to see him and you bet I put that deposit down!!! $500 check later and he's "mine". I have a signed receipt in writing stating the full amount is to paid on pickup which is being arranged for the next few days. Thank you everybody for your words of advice, I am sooo over the moon with my soon-to-be boy!!