My first pony I got because my neighbour's dad used to breed andalusians, and decided he was going to find me a horse, I was 10 at the time. So he got the newspaper, and picked out a 13.2h welsh pony mare. We brought her, knowing nothing about horses. Turns out she'd been ridden maybe once every 18 months since she was broken. Lol! But I took her ton pony club, dressage lessons etc. Still have her, she's a bit of a cow but she's cute to look at :P
Had a few more in between, couldn't be bothered writing out explanations for all of them. But basically a couple from websites, a couple through word of mouth, one through my work etc.
Then Hugo, my current boy who I only brought not even a month ago, I saw on an online classifieds page. Thought he looked pretty nice, I had just about given up looking for a suitable horse in favour of concentrating on university, but figured I'd give it a shot.
Well within a few minutes of handling him, I decided that he was my horse. I just knew. After the multitudes of horses I've seen over the last year, this was the first that I just knew I was going to buy. Certainly not what I was specifically looking for though. He's 8 years old, straight off the track, had done absolutely nothing since he finished racing in October, and is grey!!
But he also ticked ALOT of my boxes. Beautiful mover, very solid, sturdy feet (just trimmed badly but holds shoes very well), excellent doer, a real sweetheart on the ground and just so quiet. Before I brought him I went back up with my coach, and said I wanted to get on him. He hadn't been ridden since he raced 6 months ago so it would be a good test of his temperament. Well he didn't bat an eyelid and I just knew it had to be :)
And now I love him to bits, adore riding him, he's so sweet and VERY trainable. Definitely no regrets buying this boy :)