I knew my horse was the one when I started making my forever plans before she was even for sale! XD
Well actually, it came in doses. One of the first things was that I was one of the only people riding her, so obviously we started to bond and know each other. The thing that hit me the most was that she loved me back, or showed affection to me. No other horse had ever done that to me, and believe me, I have loved a LOT of horses. Also, I showed on her, and I only ever consider showing on horses that I trust. Lastly, when I heard she was for sale, I knew I had to have her. I couldn't let her slip through my fingers because she was my forever horse. I've never fallen so hard for a horse before Miss Take. I didn't mean to fall in love with her, because all of the former horses that I've loved have died or left. I tried to protect myself from that, but she just happened. I never ever thought I'd own a horse before I was over 20 and had a job, but somehow, after a lot of tears, talking, negotiating, and prayers, I got my first horse! I'll never regret it.
I think there were a couple other horse that could have been "the one" for me. Ripper was the bomb. I knew his time was short because of his tumor, but I loved him. I was a total beginner, but I never came off him. We even did some jumping. He was the best. And Quintos... Lol, I miss my bouncy pony. His owner moved him shortly after I secretly decided that I wanted to show him. Again, I'm not into showing and if I want to show a horse that means I really believe in myself and the horse. QuinQuin rocked. We did everything. Dressage, trail rides and jumping. We got mad at each other, but never for long, and I even fell off him once. He was the horse that helped me get over my fear of cantering after being run away with and I'll never forget him for that. I'm glad that I had the most awesome ride on him before he left.