I took an equine first aid course today and one of the horses we practiced on turned out to be for sale. Adorable guy! We bandaged his legs, hoof, and even his eye and he just stood patiently for about an hour. I mentioned we were in the market for a second horse and wanted a bombproof, trail safe, beginner safe horse. Some of the girls there knew this horse and had ridden him so they could tell me a little about him. They mostly do trails with him, but he also jumps. He's 13, believed to be a QH paint cross and appears in good health. They told me he is very much bombproof and is the type you could put a total beginner on. When we were done and it was time to put the horses back out, I followed along and the girl asked if I wanted to lead him out so I said sure. Great ground manners. He didn't push into me and just walked with his head/neck at my shoulder, not getting ahead even though he was getting released into the paddock with his buddy, another gelding. He is on hay alone at the moment - I would add some kind of grain to his diet.
Here's the kicker: he's over 16 hh. I'm 5 ft tall. I had to use a stool to "pretend" bandage his eye. But other than that, he seems like exactly what I'm looking for. He used to be a schooling horse and his current owner, who's had him for three years, is selling him because she's going back to school and can't afford to keep a horse right now.
She said I could come out and ride him anytime so I left her my card and told her to email me so I could get more information about him and maybe set up a time to try him out.
Oh, and I learned a lot about equine first aid today! I recommend it to everyone!