Well, the mare was nice. Sweet personality - friendly and likes people. She's a bit scrawny and needs to gain a little weight. Was a little stressed by being on the trailer, then ridden in a strange place, but nothing too bad. She had a bit of a rough trot and canter though. Probably due to her less than ideal confirmation.
BUT... (you all knew that was coming) someone wants this horse on Tuesday, so the seller said I'd have to buy her before Tuesday or he's shipping her off to this other person. He doesn't do trials or buy-back contracts. He was willing to offer to trade for another one of his horses if we weren't happy with this one (and pay the price difference if there is one). I wouldn't even have time to do a PPE. I'm not interested in being pressured into buy a horse on the spot. She may very well be a nice mare, but this guy has only had her for 2 weeks so even if he's honest, he can't know everything there is to know about her either. Did he really expect that I would ride her and just cut him a cheque then and there? There's no way I'm taking that kind of risk.
Meantime, another candidate has popped up. She's a 15 yr old half Arab, half Welsh. The seller and I have emailed back and forth a few times and this seller sounds really nice. She appears to cares more about finding a good home for her horse than turning over a quick buck (in fact, she said she's in no hurry to sell). Shortish mare (technically a pony at 14.1, but I'm only 5 ft tall so I could easily ride her), but on the stocky side. Needs to lose a little weight. The horse was her daughter's, but now she is 21 and has lost interest.
I'm going to go see her on Tuesday, along with a senior QH mare that's in the same area. Here is a pic.
Guess we're still doing the pending approval thing with the photos... that's getting pretty old. Here's a Photobucket link instead: