So, I'm gonna be kicking some tires the next few weeks..or at least I'll be trying out some different horses and I thought it would be good to put together a list of things I should try. I mean, we know I want a broke horse so how do I make sure I get that?
Be as enthusiastic and gesticulative (huh, that doesn't seem to be a word....it should be. It would be used like this "I am very gesticulative when I talk" meaning I use my hands and arms a lot to tell stories.) as I normally am.
Allow myself to be anxious. The right horse will go through his paces despite the crazy lady on his back.
Groom him everywhere. Touch under his belly. Lift up his feet. Ask to have the horse wear boots or bring boots for the second trial. (I didn't do this and I should have!).
It's warm enough that if they say the horse bathes, ask if I can rinse off the horse after my ride. Do I do this on the first ride or wait until I really like a horse?
Ditto for clippers. If they say he clips, I want to see it. Again, maybe a 'return' visit request.
What else am I missing? What do I need on my pre-flight, tire kicking, horse shopping checklist?