Choosing to own Reva was sort of a
I looked for a number of weeks for an older retired Standardbred that needed a home back in early 2003 when I decided to bring my mare Sparky home. I figured I could find something older with issues that needed a home and could be a companion for Sparky. I called and emailed about many different mares through a local Standardbred forum, but none of them sounded like anything I really wanted, so I never met any of them. I found out through Sparky's massage therapist (at the time) that Dreamy needed a home, and having known her for years since she lived at a farm near my grandfather's, I knew I wanted her. So while I did inquire about many other horses, Dreamy was the only one I took seriously.
My parents and I looked for my first horse for a LONG time, much to the chagrin of my 13 year old self! LOL! It was at least a year, and we looked at many different horses and called about a ton of them. At the time there was no internet (gasp!) with DreamHorse.com and all that so I would scour the statewide Uncle Henry's publication on a weekly basis. Sparky just sort of happened to fall into our laps and while she was much different than the fancy Morgans we had been looking at (she was in a bad situation and her abilities were unknown), she was born at the farm where I began my riding career. Once I knew she needed a new home, there was no other horse for me. We bought her the day and brought her home within an hour after meeting her.
It is funny to write this all down, because it now dawns on me that all three of my horses have come to me through word-of-mouth. And all of them came to me virtually unknown...my parents bought Sparky for me within an hour after meeting her, Dreamy I only faintly knew from the occasional visits when she had a foal each year (realistically, I think I met her twice in that many years), and I had Reva sent to my farm straight from NJ never having met her! Wow, way to be a super careful horse person! HA HA HA! I think I broke every single rule in the horse buying book. :-p