I said I wouldn't get a second horse until our barn is finished but.... this ad popped up. Have responded to it and I see potential in this horse.
For those who don't know, we own a 16 yr old Arab who is highly trained and has a lovely temperament, but can be a little forward for my daughter, especially at the canter. He is also spooky on trails, though we're hoping that will improve with time. We want to get a second horse which will be primarily a companion horse for Harley and a safe trail horse for beginners. This horse would not have to be a polished horse with a lot of buttons, just rock-solid on the trails. And because the horses will kept on our property, it needs to have a good, quiet temperament. We are working with a coach so if need be, we can work on some things, but I'd like to have a good, bombproof horse that my daughter can canter on and that can hopefully have a calming influence on our hot-headed Harley.
Here is a link to the ad: French Canadian/Morgan horse | horses, ponies for sale | Annapolis Valley | Kijiji
This mare is about 5 hours away in another province, but she's so cheap that I don't mind trailering her here. She's older, but that's fine with me too. Owner says she's perfect on trails and people she rides with are always asking her to lead because she never spooks or hesitates to go through anything. She says she puts her 4 year old on her to go trail riding and doesn't worry at all.
She also sent me a video of her canter which I can't attach here... but it's a lovely, slow canter. A little kid is riding her and her feet aren't even in the stirrups. Appears healthy, and is an easy keeper.
So she is not the prettiest horse, but keep in mind that this time, we are prioritizing level-headedness over looks. Would you drive the five hours to go see her?