I was lucky and found my guy quickly. I was hoping for something gaited at a reasonable price. I found an add for a Buckskin mare and called it, but she was sold. But, they informed me about a "spotted horse" they were goin' to sell. I went and looked at him the next day, then 5 days later we went a got him. So, it was around a week....hehe.
Hm, a QH judge and trainer once told me that it's never a mistake NOT to buy a horse--meaning it's a lot easier to get stuck with a horse you're not happy with than it is to find just the right one. Be patient and hang on to your money till you're really positive. It took me a couple of months to find my first horse who I never liked much and sold after a year and a half, and a year to find my Best Horse in the World Appy mare who I still have 20 years later.
Paul was boarded out at the barn where I was leasing. He was out there 3 months before I bought him. I knew he was for sale but it was a little more then I wanted to spend. After talking to his half owner (the barn owner- he was training paul for cutting) he cut back on what he would get out of paul's sale and my dad said he promised me a horse 30 years ago and glad he can finally make my dream a reality.
I wasn't looking for a horse, but he was going to be sold and I couldn't let him go somewhere else. I'd been riding him for about 3 months and I knew we could have a great bond given the time. But when I was a teenager I looked for 2 years without finding anything that "clicked" and ended up giving up on owning a horse for awhile. Looking back I'm glad I waited, otherwise I wouldn't have my dearling.