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Do You Have the Right Horse?

IMAG0006It can be real frustrating trying to train a horse for something he’s not made to do. I’m not putting anyone’s horse down, or any breed of horse’s. All breeds were originally bred with a purpose in mind. Sometimes, people decide which horse to buy based on a fantasy. Then they become so attached to it they keep trying to get their horse to do something he’s not really made to do, physically or mentally.

I’ve ridden many different breeds of horses over the years. Every breed of horses has it’s good qualities. However, every breed has it’s limitations.

I know people that just love their gaited horses, which are great if you like covering the country. I wouldn’t recommend one for team roping though. They all have their place. They all have their purpose.

In my business now, I mostly deal with quarter horses. Even in the quarter horse breed they are bred to be event specific. Halter horses are bred to be big and pretty. Race horses are bred to be fast. It could be quite frustrating to try to make a cutting or reining horse out of either of these.

It’s not only frustrating to the rider, but also frustrating to the horse. You’re trying to make him do something he’s not meant to do. It’s just not in his physical or mental makeup. It’s not fair to the horse. If you have a horse that would be good at jumping, and you want to be a reiner, you should find a jumper to sell him to. Sometimes it’s like trying to make a basketball player out of a heavy-weight wrestler.

Sometimes there’s an emotional factor involved, people get attached to a horse. But the kindest thing to do is let a horse do what he was bred to do.

If you just want a good trail riding horse, a lot of horses could do that. You need to base your decision on your riding ability. Most people like a horse with lots of energy for trail riding, but horses with lots of energy can be hard to handle for a novice rider. Some experienced riders who want a nice enjoyable trail horse don’t want to hassle with a horse with too much energy.

These are all things to consider when deciding on the right horse for you. In my business I have a lot of people bring their horse to me with the wrong expectations. They want their horse to be something it’s not meant to be. It’s hard to get some people to understand, that the horse they’ve raised for the last few years, and grown to love, might not be the best combination for them.

You need to remember that when you get frustrated with your horse, your horse gets frustrated too. This will cause him t o get mad. Then this will cause you to get even more frustrated. Nothing good can ever come of this.

All these things should be considered when buying a new horse. You and your horse will be much happier if you choose a horse that’s compatible with what you plan on doing.                                           IMAG0005IMAG0004