Continuing on with the theme of looking back on horse shopping, what was it about your current horse's ad that made you go look at them? Was it a picture or a certain phrase? Was it knowing the horse through some mutual connections?
For Kachina, it was mostly this photo:
I looked at that photo, and I thought "I can make a dressage horse out of that trot". Possibly not the smartest thought I've had, as I know that the walk and canter are more important and harder to fix, but I really like when a horse knows how to track up and use their hind end. Luckily, she ended up having three pretty nice gaits.
She was also labelled as an "Amazing trail horse - go out alone or with a group!" and I really liked that prospect, as I do enjoy trail riding but don't have the confidence to train a horse to be good at that myself.
On the other hand, was there something in their ad that made you almost discount them?
Kachina's ad had her listed as 16.1hh. I am short, and while I use mounting blocks when available, I wanted to be able to get on from the ground in a pinch and anything over 16hh was going to be an issue. I'm glad I didn't let that put me off as Kachina ended up being only 15.2hh (though I still have trouble getting on her without something to stand on - I'm pretty vertically challenged).
I'd love to hear your stories!