I'm in a bit of a pickle. First let me start by saying that I've loved horses since I could walk/talk, and have owned 5 total in the past that I no longer have for various reasons. (all are still alive and happy, however). I have been riding for 14 years and have been in love with Thoroughbreds since as long as I can remember. The breed is so intelligent and majestic. I feel they have such a combination of athleticism as well as poetry. I love jumping and enjoying showing, but at the same time I very much enjoy trail riding and just enjoying time with my horse. I'm currently riding at a barn where I ride several breeds and help train a few.
Now here is my problem. All in all it is a wonderful problem to have, but none the less does not help me make a decision. As a Christmas gift, I have been given enough money to purchase my dream horse. My dream horse has always been a 16+ hh Thoroughbred that had that "wow" factor and was either already trained in jumping or had incredible potential. I wanted to take this horse to shows and ride on the trail and just have everything I wanted in temperment and personality. I am one of those people that believes in love at first sight and believe that when I find him, I'll know that moment. It has happened before for me, but the timing just wasn't right to buy the horse I fell for. (Mostly financial).
However, lately the lack of owning my own special someone has really gotten to me. I'm dying to have my own best friend (cuz everyone knows a horse is a girl's best friend). I have been working with a 14.2 hh blood bay Arab who is, quite frankly, amazing. She is soooo sweet, isn't at ALL "Arab-ish" let alone mare-ish. She has amazing movements and is close to everything I want minus one thing: she isn't an exceptional jumper and she isn't a TB. Her owner has agreed that I could purchase her for what is actually a steal of a price. But being a working girl, I could never afford two horses on the salary I make.
So my question is: when do you find your dream horse? I have gone back and forth between getting her and not. I've worked with her for over a year. She was rotting away in pasture and I helped bring her to where she is today. She by far has that wow factor, even the judges noticed that and we took first and seconds in all our classes in the October show we went to. (we didn't do any jumping classes, only flat work). It was her second show ever, and she acted like she'd done it a billion times. I adore her. I thought another woman was going to buy her recently, and freaked out because I didn't want to lose her. But at the same time, can I honestly say she is my dream beyond all dream horse that I've always pictured in my head? No. She isn't my talented jumper, she isn't 16 hh and she, more importantly, isn't the TB breed that I know and love. (She is also a little bit older than I'd like).
While I'm not in a hurry to buy, I have been trying to find that TB of mine for months, mostly just wondering if he was out there. I have yet to find the one, or anything that catches my eye is way out of budget. While I won't be on this salary forever and someday can own two horses, it won't be anytime soon. So what would you do? I almost feel like I'm "settling" for less than I want. But it could be years before I find The One.
Please, any advice would be very, VERY helpful as I don't want to make the wrong choice either way. I'd hate to buy her and then find the one, or not buy her, and wait around for 5 years before finding my TB.
(I've attached a pic of the Arab that I took last April)