I never understood how people knew when they "clicked" with a horse by riding it and imma sound kinda stupid saying this but It was instant love when I rode her.
I've been that way since I was a kid. I assumed everyone had those kinds of feelings . . . until I started reading Horse Forum. Turns out, I am somewhat unique. I didn't know.
I've never bought a horse that I didn't "click" with, and so far, I've never been wrong. Sometimes I ride 10 horses before one clicks, but when it does, I know it immediately. When I was 56, I started looking for horses on the internet. I wondered if I could tell from a picture, and discovered that I can. All I have to do is look at a picture of a certain horse and know it was meant to be mine. Needless to say, I try not to go on horse sites. One of the times it happened to me, I had been searching for a trailer for a friend. Trailers are cheaper in Florida, and I said I'd see what was out there. I got tired of looking for trailers; it was late; I was sleepy. I decided just to glance at Paso Finos for sale (I love Paso Finos).
The last thing I needed was another horse, but when I saw this certain horse, I knew I wanted him desperately. I told my family that he would probably not work out, but if I could just look at him, I'd get that obsession out of my system. He was a rescue from Horse Protection Association of Florida, and he was free because he had lots of problems and quirks. When I went to ride him, we instantly clicked and I loved him. They offered him to me because we worked out so well, but I turned them down because I thought I had "gotten him out of my system." When I got home, I couldn't eat or sleep, I just kept thinking of him and wanting him so badly. A week later, I asked if they had placed him yet; they hadn't, and I said I would take him after all. They made me come back and ride him 2 more times because he was rather a difficult horse.
Not for me. He was meant to be mine. He and I got along perfectly from the day I brought him home. Most of the things they warned me about never happened. He was a great horse. I kept him all his life and miss him terribly to this day.
I have many more "click" stories including my avatar horse, whom I bought sight unseen from a photograph. I just knew he would work out for me, and he is the best. And Isabeau, who was unrideable when I met her because she reared and came over on her rider. I'm no great rider at all. It's just that these horses just suited me, and that suited them.
I totally believe that a person should wait until they get that special feeling about a horse --that it was meant to be theirs. But I have learned from the thoughtful people on Horse Forum that not many people get that feeling. If you are one, consider yourself fortunate. As far as I can tell, you will never go wrong.