Work: unclear. Rain.
Gloomy weather to match my gloomy mood. I’m feeling old, unproductive, purposeless, and all those other doom clouds that travel in packs. One obvious reason is that this is the longest I’ve gone without riding since I was 14. One obvious answer is to be grateful for all that I have, bloom where I am planted, live in the moment, etc, etc. As this enlightened attitude has yet to take hold in my life, I don’t see it happening by this afternoon. Another obvious, if more concrete, answer would be to get a third horse. This has been the plan all along: one fancy show horse for me & a husband horse that could double as my second horse, not as talented but fun. A sports car & a truck if you will.
When one goes horse shopping, sellers want to know preferred age, size, breed, training, budget. My answer is, it depends. Age and cost are linear functions. The higher the number, the more I better like the horse. A non-Thoroughbred might be fun. Get a Morgan or an Arabian to cross-show in jumper classes at breed shows (do they even have these?). I used to show with a woman who did this with a Quarter Horse and earned herself a big-time belt buckle. Finally, I’m not as interested in specific training as in talent & mental outlook. These attributes are hard to list in a classified ad or see on a video.
What is your best tip for horse shopping?