How did you find your current horse(s)? And when did you realize that you had to buy him/her?
I was randomly searching all the "Horse for sale" websites, and I typed in my zipcode and 50 miles away on dreamhorse.com. I saw a pretty dun and black mare that was for sale about 30 miles away. I went to the website that they gave in the description and I looked at all the horses for sale. I liked the mare the best so I had my mother call them (I hate calling people unless I know them haha) and we played phone tag for a while. Finally we e-mailed them and asked about the mare (named Holly) and also asked about all the other horses for sale. She e-mailed me back with a list of 4 horses. One was the dun mare that I was really interested in, another was a grey draft mare, another one was a grey QH gelding, and the other was a bay paint gelding.
She attached pictures of all, and I fell in love with the two mares...the draft was above my price range so we decided not even to look at her in case I fell in love with her.
So we arranged a day when we could go up and see the three horses, even though I was really only interested in Holly.
When we arrived, we say Holly and the paint tied up in opposite corners. The paint was the closest so my mom and I went up and said hi to it and started to pet him. Then the lady who was going to show the horses to us came out and introduced us to the horse we were petting. She then saddled him up and put him through his paces and so on.
When she was done, she asked if I wanted to ride him, so I said sure due to he looked like somethingI could handle even though I wasn't really interested in him.
The minute I walked him around I fell in love with him. Even though he didn't know me, he listed perfectly and didn't act up at all.
A week later I did a lesson on him to see if he truely was the horse I wanted...and then another week after that we went and got the pre-purchase exam on him. He passed with flying colors. Then the following week we went over again, gave them the cashiers check for his ammount. Then the following day he was delivered to my barn.