Of the horses we've seen, there are a few lovely ones I liked, and if I were horseless, I probably would have jumped all over them... But for one reason or another (size, price, grumpy face...) I could easily pass while I've got a wonderful Windsor waiting for me at home.
Anyway, I really don't think I've ever actively shopped when I haven't been horseless and willing to compromise (sometimes a lot), so this whole "be really picky" thing is new to me.
The idea with a possible new pony would be to have something fun to ride that could get me some good mileage while keeping Winds' schedule a bit lighter. Since I'm not sure I can actually show two horses actively, I'd want the second horse to be something that would be easily marketable in a year or so.
I should clarify - this would not be an investment horse. I remain skeptical that such things exist. But it would be nice to have something that's nice, calm, and attractive enough that I'd have a shot in hell of moving it along to another happy ammy.
In my crazy dream world, I'll have Windsy for ever and ever, and possibly have a rotating second horse that I learn on, show a little, sell - then go find something else to learn on, show a little and sell. I have zero illusions of making money - and I'm not sure the rotating roster idea will even work - but it's helping to at least define what to maybe-possibly search for.
Anyway, the current contender is definitely the flashiest of the group we've considered thus far. A nice liver chestnut with a cute face and a daisy cutter trot. He's 5, hasn't done a ton, but has shown 1.10m with an amateur. I like his balance, looks, and gaits. His jump isn't the biggest, loftiest thing out there, but it's cute and consistent. He seems straightforward, forgiving (and is a total push ride) - all things that are good for an increasingly chicken, ammy...
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Vetting is scheduled for Monday. Cross your fingers, toes and hooves!