LOL. I expected to search for at least a year. I was looking for my first horse in 40 yeras, and he had to be perfect. i wanted an 8 - 12 year old gelding that was as 'bombproof' as possible - the ground is a lot harder at 60 thsn at 20. Iwanted a trail horse, but good conformation was a plus. I also wantd a'color' horse - probably a buckskin or a paint. I had shown hunters and jumpers and they were all bays, greys and chestnuts. I started looking at all the sites, and nothing seemed right. I came across an ad for a palomino filly, barely 2 years old. She was very close to my daughter's farm, so decided to go look. I really have no idea why. I certainly didn't want an unbroken filly, especially for a trail horse. And I DEFINETELY was NOT going to buy the first horse I looked at. I planned pon a full vet check, trying a horse several times, and possibly a trial before purchasing.
One and a half hours later, "Nibbles" was delivered to my daughter's farm. No trail, no trial, no vet check. I didn't ride her, saddle her, or handle her. There was just something about her. My husband, who was with me and dead set agaoinst buying a horse, took one took at her and said my Nibbles!" (A beloved mare he had owned as a youngster) Both of us were sold.
Anyway, we have never regretted it., She is PERFECT!!!!!!!!! No bad habits, perfectly sound, no spooking, bucking, or bolting. SHe is calm, willing and eager to learn. Nothing bothers her. Thje few times I have ridden her, she hasn't put one foot wrong and goes wherever I point her. I love her to death, and I could have looked for a hundred years and never found a better horse!