I have been doubly blessed by having 2 'perfect' horses that are so much different from each other but perfect for the two different times in my life. They are both my 'heart' horses.
I was very lucky to have my first "perfect horse" when I was younger. My parents purchased a 3 year old unbroken quarter horse ridgeling for me when I was 11. They only paid $100.00 for him, and he had almost perfect conformation, and a sound mind. I was taking lessons, but learned a lot through trial and error. I rode hunt seat, and only wanted to jump, but everyone said that foundation type Quarter horses didn’t jump. But we learned together, and he took me all the way to open jumpers in the national AHSA circuit. (We rode in working hunters just for warm up, and he was also ranked in that. LOL) All my friends spend thousands trying to get a horse that could jump half as well as my boy. Once in a while, I would throw an western saddle on him and take him in a trail class, and he did great. However, he was ALWAYS a handful and acted like a stud. He snorted and bucked on the trail, and was very pushy and difficult to control on the ground. All of which I didn't care about in the least at my age then! LOL
Now, 40 years later, I needed a calm, well behaved sweetheart to ride on the trail, and I believe I have found one.
I sort of hesitate to admit how I found my mare, except it is a lesson on how NOT to do it!! . After 40 years with no horses, I started looking for a trail horse. Even though I knew not to go by color alone, I decided I might as well look for the colors I wanted, and one would eventually come along. I was in no hurry. Yeah, right.
I started looking on craigslist and all of the horse sights for a palomino or buckskin gelding from 5 -10 years old, who was pretty much trail broke, and in my price range. My husband, who had broken and raised many young horses, was after me to get a young horse so we could train it. I wasn't convinced - the ground looks a lot harder at 59 than it did at 20. He TOTALLY wasn't interested in having a horse, and DEFINITELY not a palomino.
After perusing the ads continually for about a week without finding anything exciting, I finally found two palomino fillys for sale. They was very close to where I lived, so I decided, what the heck - I'll go look at them - what can it hurt? I certainly wasn't going to buy the first one that came along, didn't want a mare, and DEFINITELY didn't want a two year old, no matter what my husband said.
We looked at the first one, and liked her a lot. SHe was gorgeous, but didn't seem like she cared too much about being around people. SHe otherwiase was great. My huband said to go ahead and get her, but I wanted to see the second horse, who was being trailered in.
The second horse finally arrived, and she hadn't even finished backing out of the trailer and my husband said "that's Nibbles!" (His first horse when he was a boy)
Long story short - we watched the filly lunge and bought her. No vet check and didn't ride her and didn't even saddle her up. There was just something about her that both my husband and I fell for. We knew within 30 seconds that she ws 'THE ONE".
From the time we looked at her to the time she was delivered, the whole process took an hour and a half. SHe stepped out of the trailer at my daughter's house, looked around, nuzzled me and started to graze. She never acted spooky or upset and from the beginnnig would run to meet us when she saw us.
As she is only 2, I have only ridden her at a walk on short trail rides about 30 times, and she has been absolutely perfect. Doesn't spook at ANYTHING, calm and will go anywhere you point her. She ties to perfection, and when my daughter got dumped and hurt, she ponied the nervous and upset horse back to the barn and remained totally calm. SHe 's a dream and I really give the person we purchased her from credit for how he trained her.