The Reveal!

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We’re picking a horse for a client. It’s not fool proof, but it will give you an idea of the thought process that goes into purchasing a horse. We used my huband Mike as a model for our client.

So, what horse did we chose for Mike?








Horse C!

{$7,000, 10 year old paint gelding. Being used as an Extreme Cowboy trail horse, and wins often. Advertised as 100% bombproof. 14.3h and stocky build. Established cribber, but managed with a collar. Barefoot. Needs to be in semi-regular work to remain quiet. Sound with no prior medical history. Can be pushy on the ground with timid handler. Horse is located in Vermont.}

Even though the horse was at the top of his price range, it best suited what he wanted to do and provided him with enough of a challange that he won’t get bored. Many sellers also build a little bit of bargining room into their price point, and more often than not you may be able to talk them down a little bit. It never hurts to try. I don’t get my nose bent out of shape if a horse is advertised as a cribber, espcially if it’s a cribber that can be controlled with a collar. Even though the horse was the shortest of the three, Mike isn’t a huge guy and the stocky barrel will take up enough of his leg. A horse that is compact will have a better chance of staying sound with a bigger rider, than a horse that is built more streamlined.  This horse also is being used solely as a horse that is doing exactly what Mike wants. Keep in mind that just because a horse is forward and responsive, doesn’t mean that it is a wingnut. I prefer a horse with a ‘go’ button (as long as ‘go’ doesn’t mean blast off!).

So why not the other two?

Horse A

{$5,000, 15 year old bay QH gelding. Currently being used as a school horse at a popular children’s camp. 15h and stocky build. Horse is advertised as bomb proof and goes out on the trail often. Needs hock injections to stay sound as well as front shoes. Has a history of choking if not properly managed. Quiet on the ground. Horse is located in Maine.}

This is a horse that is looking to head into a semi-retired life of leisure, which he deserves. His body is starting to get tired after years of toting children around. While he would probably thrive in our situation, he doesn’t quiet have the oomph that Mike is looking for. His build and price are great.

Horse B

{$3,000, 6 year old chestnut Appendix mare. Being used as a barrel racer by teenage girl, but quiet on trails. 16h and average build. Advertised as a 4 out of 10 on the quiet scale but 100% bombproof. Needs no maintence, but wears 4 shoes. Can be hard to manage on the ground.  Horse is located in New York.}

This mare is a little bit on the bigger side with a leaner build than our other two stockhorse types. She could probably easily manage Mike’s frame. The hang up, to me, is that often barrel racers need a little bit of ‘let down’ time (similar to OTTB’s) before starting a more laid back career and can be very sensitive to leg. This mare would more than likely need a break, then some re-schooling before Mike was comfortable riding her. It also states that she can be hard to manage on the ground, which, while Mike can handle it, it’s not something that he would like to deal with on a daily basis. It also lends to her hotheadedness. You know what they say about chestnut mares…. ;).

Give us a comment or two below and let us know how you did!

I’d like to make this a monthly feature here on the blog and feature different horse/rider scenarios. If you’d like to be used as a client model, leave a comment or feel free to shoot me an e-mail {}. Be sure to include a brief description of what you’re looking for, your riding style, and experience and a little bit about you!

I think our next client is going to be this little girl! She’s getting brave and totally almost ready for her first pony!


Stay tuned for a family post tonight, all about carseats!


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