I always thought that arabs were pretty, but I'd never owned one or really spent any time with one. My dad was quite prejudiced against them (being an Appy man - nothing against appys, he just didn't like anything else!) and usually I respect his opinion, so I was always a little leery.
When it came time to look for a horse this past spring, I decided to completely ignore breed and colour and focus on finding a horse that had a good personality (and fit my budget!). The pictures in the ad for Éowyn looked TERRIBLE (burrs in the mane, big wormy belly, dirty), and she was smaller than I had wanted (14.2 hh), but there was just something about her that made me want to see her in person.
She looked NOTHING like those pictures, she was healthy and beautiful though she obviously hadn't been brushed in quite some time. She was actually pretty snarky to me at first and my first impression was actually quite negative. But she got in my head and there was something about her that made me want to take a chance. I purchased her for a song (not literally, pretty sure the price would have tripled if they'd heard me sing
) and even though I've only had her for a few months, I wouldn't get rid of her for anything.
She is the smartest, most sensitive horse I've ever worked with and I do believe I'm hooked.