I have to admit that I didn’t shop for my last horse. I took in Freedom as a foster for CANTER NE and discovered that I couldn’t bear to put him up for adoption. It sure beat the previous times I had shopped for a horse. I can’t tell you how many I looked at that were either:
- Not as big as advertised;
- Not as sound as advertised; or
- Not as trained as advertised.
Height should be a non-negotiable, universal number but I’ve seen 16.1 hand horses that were anywhere from 15.2 to 17 hands.
I’ll admit that soundness issues can be subtle, but if you know your horse is off, I think it’s poor form to pretend you don’t notice.
And if you say that your horse has gone prelim, hopefully it wasn’t only in your dreams!
How did you find the perfect horse for you? What advice do you give to people who are looking?