Thank you for the great writing idea Amanda. This is a topic that I’ve been stewing over since O left in 2016, and honestly will probably continue to change and evolve even more before I do any serious horse acquisition. But I want to keep it pretty concise today.
I’m not the worst rider on the planet, so I don’t mind a ride that requires some thought, or that keeps you on your toes. Since my roots are firmly in hunterland, I will avoid something that jumps in dangerous form, or isn’t neat with it’s legs. I’m good at hurting myself without any help from my 4-legged partner, so it has to help me out a little in this area. In my selfish ways, I just don’t think I can do greys – because I do not have time to manage that. I like things to be pretty…or at least brown so I don’t know how dirty they are.
I hope this is fairly self explanatory, but I am done with the days of riding anything that something hands me the reins to. I want to ride something that I feel like I can handle and not fear for my life the whole time. That is not enjoyable. So that’s a hard nope to anything that makes me question my safety.
Poor Work Ethic:
I cannot have another horse with who does not like it’s job. It is my above all else dealbreaker. I had a horse, who I loved, which had a bad work ethic and didn’t really enjoy her work. Summary – it didn’t turn out well, and it totally broke my heart after months of trying and trying to convince her to enjoy the work. I will not do that again. Whatever horse I have next will show up for me, and be interested in it’s work. Obviously no horse wakes up and says “golly, I’d like to work on lengthening”, but they have to play the game. In return they will be loved, rewarded and ridden with as much skill as I can muster.
Why can’t horse sale sites have a box to search for that quality?
Should I find myself with another horse who decides it does not like it’s job, I will find it a job it does enjoy; whether it’s with me, or with another owner. It’s not fair to do anything otherwise.
If the horse has to live inside.
Even in the Midwestern ice storms, and the summer sun, I know that to get my husband to even entertain the idea of another horse in the family that is must live the majority of it’s life outside. I’m not interested in a great debate, he is passionate about this aspect, so I am adding it to my list. If horse has to live inside 24/7, that is a dealbreaker.
Doesn’t like kids.
I have one, and she’s pretty important. I realize that she probably won’t be in the saddle as much as I am (duh), but it’s a dealbreaker if the horse is not friendly on the ground, or is difficult to manage. I want to be able to share my riding and horses with my daughter, and I can’t do that if I am stressing the entire time horse and child are near each other.