My dream horse?
As someone who has started to ride a little less than two years ago and who fancies himself a rational person, this is how I have been imagining my dream horse: a laid-back and sane breed, like an Icelandic, a Fjordie, or a Canadian, probably an individual that shows lots of curiosity and does enjoy a little run now and then. Preferably in its late teens (for that extra dose of sanity and been-around-the-block-ness), and - yeah - a gelding - because I don't want to deal with mare drama.
And what do I do today? Sign a one-year lease on a 9 year-old OTTB chestnut mare who's been spending the last two weeks or so flirting the socks off of me. ("Dita", if you saw my video over in the "2017 Trail Rides" thread.)
My instructor has been looking for someone to ride Dita and to be "her human" for the last four years. My instructor greatly values people who make her horses comfortable and relaxed, and who care for the horse as a being rather than a piece of exercise equipment. (I had established a track record in that respect with her rescue Hanoverian over the last 6 months. That big boy is her special baby, but he taught me to get out of the arena and into the field, while I helped him to become more self-confident.)
This lease, by the way, is done with the understanding that she signs actual ownership over to me after the lease is up and she taught me the most important things about caring for a horse. She won't have to worry about me taking her baby away from her farm, though, because she knows that, even though and I do have a tendency to be judgmental, I think that there are few places anywhere that are better for happy horses than her barn.