well...I actually didn't go in with much physical criteria for my first horse. Idealized childhood dream, I wanted a big black gelding. Or a pinto WB like TidyRabbit boys . Kind of definitely wanted a gelding though, since I thought I've always gotten along better with the boys.
Ended up with a bright bay mare, who has tiny white socks and a star and snip. Was not to thrown by the mare thing though, especially when I thought back to all my favorite horses who happened to all be mares!
Talent and riding wise though, she is EXACTLY what I wanted. There was a time when I wished she just a *smidge* less of a fireball, but now I know its because she was wishing I was a better rider and can actually be quite the lazy deadhead IF you're riding her correctly.
I wanted some sort of TB/draft cross, preferably bay with a star and a snip if I was going to get picky, but definitely solid and [i]not[i] a lot of white! 10-12, gelding, been there and done that. Ideal height would've been under 16hh.
What did I end up with?
A five year old, black and white (mostly white), spotted draft gelding pretty much entirely NOT under saddle, and 16.3hh!
Wanted a safe large pony or small horse for DD that she could do playdays and local shows on with a been there done that record. Got a 16yo QH mare that ropes both ends, pasture ropes and jumps. And goes around bareback in a halter and shank. Big difference when buying for the kiddos though.
Wanted: Anything EXCEPT another dark bay OTTB gelding. I had sworn them off after several bad experiences. Also wanted something that was younger than 10 and a heavier breed.
Bought: A beanpole 12yo OTTB gelding who often gets mistaken for a 2yo because he's so lanky, leggy. He's dark bay with one white sock and two ankles with a splash of a snip on his nose. He is also my heart horse. I will own him until he leaves the earth.
Was looking for a 4-6 y.o., 16-17h. OTTB or an appendix to do dressage and/or hunters with. Preferred something dark bay or liver chestnut with at least a couple of socks and a blaze/star. In my perfect dream world, it would have been a buckskin, but how many of THOSE do you find for a beer budget that are actually NICE?
What did I end up with? A super athletic, 5 y.o., 16.2h, buckskin QH/WBx with a big blaze and three socks who should be able to do anything I ever want him to. He has a GREAT mind and is the most perfect horse in the world for me. Oddly enough, he is close to being the exact kind of horse I might have gotten if I had decided to go through with breeding my little buckskin mare. So I got my dream horse for much less than a stud fee, vet bills, etc. involved in breeding, and I gave a nice horse a pretty good home. Win win.
Always wanted a seal brown with no chrome TB or warmblood - elegant....No grays/white after having had a one-spot white appy/lipizzan cross
I did get exactly what I wanted once I realized that temperament was my main goal - I have a 17+h Irish Draught who is just about white at 10 years old. I got him as a chestnut weanling and he turned gray then white. He is just the best horse for me. I have been blessed with 2 "forever" horses (RIP my sweet Casper) and this guy is one!
I also thought I wanted a true hunter to do HITS with, but I am finding that we love doing Dressagem so am dabbling in that at the moment.
The best horses have found me, despite whatever "criteria" I had in mind or what I thought I wanted.
The one horse I bought as an adult, that fit my "wish list" turned out to be a hot mess.... and I was very happy to see that horse head down the driveway on a trailer when I finally sold him 2 years after buying him. In my defense, I did put a fair amount of work into him and he got an upgrade when I sold, so I no harm no foul.
Current horse... I wanted something smaller, sturdy, safe, sane. Forward going but not spooky. My vet pointed me in the direction of a Morgan breeder a few hours away. I went looking for a broke gelding aged 4-6, 15-15.2hh. Came home with an unbroke mare aged 4 and 14.2hh.
She's going to be a superb little horse, jury is still out on whether it will be for me or someone else. Regardless, she's a good little girl and has come along nicely thus far.
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