From ‘ideal’ to ‘just terrible’, it could also be the way you are looking at them. Are you always finding fault with every horse or do you look for the good points as well?
When you look at a horse, do you see faults like a big ugly head, legs that aren’t straight and lack of movement?
For a balanced perspective do you also see good points like kind eyes, strong hooves and comfortable trot?
They may not be the horse you are looking for at the moment, but if you are someone who really loves and appreciates horses, there will always be something about every horse that you like!