I never actually met Hotrod until the person I bought him from hauled him to my place.. I trust my friend that he wasn't lying to me about his temperment, and things. At first I didn't know if there was going to be any real connection. Until after a week we started to really click. Now he follows me everywhere, and always wants to be with me, but never invades my "bubble". He is very respectful for a year old stud colt that is already 15hh tall. I've also worked with him alot too.
I just take a chance. I don't look for the "love at first sight"
I take chances :)
If I like the horse, and it is rideable, trainable, and has a good temperment.
I go for it.
Good luck though!