I’ve been thinking a little more about that little paint horse yesterday, and a the more I think about him, the more I can’t help but chuckle. What a disaster that horse was. What a total train wreck. It was funny, really.
The only bad thing about it was how badly misadvertised he was and how mis represented he was. I think about the conversation I had with the woman about showing my new horse and how she said he’d be a good show horse because he’s such a nice mover. I just chuckle and think in what life time does that animal qualify as a good mover and a nice show prospect? LOL. It was just funny.
My trainer did bring up a good point, though. I’m used to riding hunters and dressage horses and pretty much either ride horses that already know how or work to get horses that I ride (or drive) to go in a frame, and engage properly, and work properly for their discipline. That’s my expectation. I expect a horse to quietly work at the job it’s given and either know to go properly, or show some ability/desire to learn to go properly for it’s job.
Whether that means a long and low WP horse, a level headed hunter, a collected and elevated dressage horse, or a brilliantly moving driving pony – I’ve ridden/driven them all and trained (or learned) all types to go properly for their job. This paint horse really showed very little desire to want to learn. He tried I guess and I guess that’s good enough, but I don’t know how anyone (especially a “trainer” could define that trainwreck as a show horse at all). Maybe worst conformation class, or highest head set class. LOL. Oh well, I shouldn’t bash the horse too much, it was just a comical experience.
I do enjoy horse shopping, though, because you really do see all types whilst out parusing horses. All types. Out of the 3 I’ve personally gone to see so far, I like the black horse the best and still feel with some consistent, correct training, he could do well. He could also be terrible, so I still feel confident in my decision NOT to get him, not even to take him on trial.
So, I had a conversation with my trainer last night after looking at that horse and we discussed just a hair more about what I want and don’t want. I said I really don’t want a thoroughbred. She said I shouldn’t scratch them off so quickly – there are nice ones out there.
The only horses at their barn that I ride are all thoroughbreds – every one of them. Well, I did ride a quarter horse there once, and while I loved him on the flat I couldn’t control him over fences. Some of their thoroughbreds I enjoy tremendously, while some of their thoroughbreds I’m not so crazy about.
But I told my trainer that I had a couple thoroughbreds in my time that would bolt like crazy and drag me around the arena (or open trail) until they hit a wall (literally) or I fell off (much more frequently. And I had one thoroughbred that was an angel at home – quiet, calm, 3 excellent gaits and a brilliant jump. Take him to a show though and it was a whole different story – rearing, running, uncontrollable maniac. I just don’t want those things again, and find it hard, given my entire riding history of thoroughbreds that still think they’re on the track, to believe that I could successfully own, ride, and show another one.
Don’t get me wrong. I like thoroughbreds. I used to love them. They were all I rode, ever. I would ride ones straight off the track, to ones that had no work at all after being off the track for years. I would retrain thoroughbreds and ride greenies day in and day out. I used to ride 3,4,5 different ones a day. I was obsessed with thoroughbreds. I used to keep tabs on all the races, and follow along with what horses were running, how they were doing, and who was in the running for the Triple Crown. I wanted to own a farm called Thoroughbred Run, dedicated solely to the breeding and retraining of thoroughbreds for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing. I had it all planned.
And I didn’t mind the bolting, bucking, rearing, spooking, and general head-high greenness. They were really the only thing I knew. And then… fast forward about 15 years and well… not so much any more. LOL. My body breaks now, and hospital visits cost too much. I’m not so sure I want the added risk, as if jumping isn’t dangerous alone, of training/retraining and trying to show/jump another thoroughbred. LOL.
I wish I had fifty thousand to buy a fancy warmblood that is totally made, wouldn’t that be nice! LOL! But I doubt I’d spend five thousand on a horse even if I had it to spend. I said maybe I’d go up to as much as $3,000, but I wasn’t sure. Maybe I’d consider that amount.
So out of curiosity, I checked dreamhorse and equine and a couple other places like equinq now, horseville and horsetopia, with a pricing range of up to $3,500 just to see if there’s anything at that price that knocks my socks off. There wasn’t one damned thing. I included thoroughbreds too, just to see, only for curiosity sake. Nothing. Not one horse tickled my willies LOL. Not one.
The only ones I still like very much and would like to go see are the draft crosses 4 hours away. But I don’t have $3,000 at this point. So it would be rather pointless to go see a horse I really don’t have the money for.
But that’s OK. Maybe a new horse will pop up tomorrow and he’ll be the perfect one. Maybe it’ll take 6 months and I’ll have the money to buy a draft cross. And it will be perfect. LOL 🙂
Only time will tell!