Longish post ahead so, beware. :)
I've been wanting a horse since I can remember although, I haven't serious looked into purchasing one until a few months ago. My riding instructor and I have been all across town looking for the perfect match. We have met some amazing horses but I just didn't "click" with any of them. I soon decided to put the search on hiatus and just continue with my lessons until some new horses start to appear on our online searches.
In the meantime, I leased my instructors older standardbred gelding, whom she offered to sell to me for only $900. The lease only lasted a month. This horse, Jerry, absolutely adores my riding instructor and they have been together for a long, long time. He accepts other riders but it is completely smitten with my instructor. I did not want to break that up so I passed.
Jump ahead a month (a.k.a last Monday), I had my usual weekly lesson. Afterwards my instructor asked me what my "dream horse" was. I told her I wanted something small (13hh t0 14.3hh) yet stocky. Color? Doesn't matter too much but I do favor pintos. For personality, I am looking for something calm, yet brave.
After I finished my list, my instructor mentioned that one of her boarders is looking to sell their Chincoteague pony, Tango. I am somewhat familiar with this horse but never truly met her. She is 7 years old, 13hh (very stocky) and of course, a pinto.
The plan is to give her a test ride this coming Monday if the weather warms up. Then, I can make the decision if I want to pass, lease or purchase.
I honestly hope she is the one but, I am prepared for her not to be. I would love to finally own a horse but I have to remember not to settle.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement and hear any tips that you all can give me!