I’d love to see a new series on TV about horse shopping. I picture it like an episode of house hunters: The buyer’s wishlist is unbelievably long and unachievable within their budget. The buyer’s friend has completely different ideas of what they think their friend needs in a horse, and they have no problems letting their opinion be known. The trainer (aka real estate agent) tries tactfully to navigate the polar opposite wish lists, while staying inside this laughable budget.
I’ve halfheartedly said that one day I’ll get another horse. I’d like to get one of the track. Mostly because I adore Thoroughbreds, I think they’re perfectly suited for eventing, but also because getting a young OTTB is practically the only thing that would suit my budget. This has had me thinking lately… what would be on my horse shopping wish list? I’ve decided to divide it into a need and a want list.
- Sound – I plan to do a vetting. I’ve spent a lot financially and emotionally with a horse who breaks a lot, and although I know anything can happen with horses, I’d rather have one who is good to go from the start.
- Within the budget – I work for a non-profit, enough said.
- Good Brain – I don’t mind a little wild or silly, but I want something that has a self preservation instinct and has potential to be trained.
- All brown – I’m not kidding, no sock, no star, no nothing. I want my unicorn to come in a completely brown package.
- Open to Cuddling – I want a horse who will let me hold his head. I realize this is a bit silly, but Justin is very independent and not big on cuddling, so it would be refreshing to love on a horse and have them at least seemingly enjoy it!
- Nice movement – I’ve never owned a flashy mover, so this would be nice, or at least the potential to make a fancier mover.
That’s pretty much it! Since last fall I’ve been very very casually browsing around online under these guidelines. I don’t have any preference on gender, I’ve ridden both mares and geldings happily. I also don’t care about height. I am on the taller side myself, but with Justin only standing at 15.2 on a good day, I haven’t found any problems with smaller guys. I haven’t really had experience buying a horse before, when I got Justin I had already been riding him, and my mother bought me my first horse when I was young, so all of this is would be a new experience. Nothing is official for now, but maybe one day!
So even if you aren’t currently shopping, what’s on your list?