Meet Licorice. He's a 9 or 10 year old gelding of undetermined breeding. He's been at the current barn for 6 years and the trainer LOVES him. If she had the money, she said she would buy him herself. He's currently being half leased by a 9 year old.
According to the trainer, Licorice has the personality of a warmblood. His ground manners are lacking, not out of spite but out of 'not paying attention'. Her example was that if he sees grass, he will try to drag you over to it because he just doesn't think about the person on the end of the rope. She used the word 'dumb' numerous times. But she meant it as a compliment when it came to being able to do just about 'whatever' with him.
He hasn't done dressage and is a 'slow mover'.
She said he spooks at unexpected noises. His spooks consist of throwing his head up and scooting out into the canter. She said he spooks about twice a month.
He has a capped knee from banging the door, but it doesn't cause him problems.
Not great ground manners.
He's only 9 or 10 so he is a good, solid age.
He goes out on trails alone.
My trainer knows his trainer and they are close enough that I could do multiple rides and probably lease him for a month at the barn he's at or take him out on trail rides etc.
Again, I have not looked at this horse in person yet but I am trying to make sure that I make ALL initial decisions with my head and not my heart. The part that bothers me is the spook part. A horse that spooks twice a month at his home barn, spooks twice a month too often for me. I KNOW that all horses spook, but I want the horse that if/when it does spook it comes as a 'Wow, I didn't know he had it in him." surprise. Not that I want a scary spook surprise, but I've ridden Quarter Horses that spooky just wasn't in their vocabulary.
So, what do you think? Am I being overly sensitive about the 'spooky' part or am I being sensible about what I REALLY want this time?