Oy... I know exactly how you are feeling. While it hasn't been a year it has been months. The horse selection close to me plain sucks, I've driven well over 1,000 miles to look at eight horses. For my budget and criteria, I think I finally found one. Don't be scared to have doubts, it's completely normal! I've made some poor decisions in the past concerning horses and this time around I've kept that in mind handily. As a result I think I will feel nervous about any decision! I'm also a worrywart by nature which doesn't help. Just keep in mind the things that are must haves and others that you can be flexible on. For instance I want a gelding under ten, under 16 hands with trail experience, nice hooves and no soundness/injury history. However I did look at a mare, a gelding that was 11 and another that was 13, and one more that was 16.2.
Edited to add I've seen some stinkers. One horse I couldn't even ride because his owner didn't have a saddle for him, mine didn't fit and he freaked. Another one had scarring around his stifles, under weight, and had a club foot. You think his owner could've mentioned that? One other you needed a constant leg with spurs to keep him walking (I like a forward type). There was another that was quite nice, but idk... He kind of had a nervous nature to him and could be face shy. Plus he was older. Sooo hang in there I know it's hard!
Last edited by Atomicodyssey; 04-24-2014 at 05:09 PM.