I see it all the time. It usually looks similar to this:
ISO: Dead broke, bomb proof, no buck horse for $1000.00 or less.
It doesn’t exist people! There is no such thing! Now, I am by far no expert, but like so many other things in this world, you get what you pay for. Even if a horse is very well-mannered, has good training and is just a big ole sweetie, IT IS STILL A HORSE! Horses are prey animals and you will never, ever change that God-given instinct.
Usually this type of ad also includes the fact that the horse will be for a young and/or inexperience rider. I don’t believe folks realize that riding a horse is not as simple as swinging a leg over the saddle and saying giddy up. Riding involves your whole body. Your hands, knees, legs, feet, how you sit in the saddle. There is a difference between riding a horse and being a passenger.
Jonesy has broken and trained many horses over the years, so I want to share with you not only what we believe is the way to buy a horse, but how we approach selling our horses to individuals with little experience.
First of all, buying a horse is an investment and it should not be rushed. It may be tempting to fall in love with and buy the first one you see, but it’s important to do some research and look at several horses.
What do I mean by research? Start with a clear idea of what you want in a horse. Do you want to run barrels and participate in 4H fun shows, do you want to sort and pen cattle, or simply trail ride. Once you know what you are looking for, you can compile a list of questions to ask potential sellers. Be specific with your questions and ask lots of them. Be wary if your questions are met with hesitation, avoidance or discomfort.
Second, don’t buy a “second-hand” horse. This is what Jonesy calls a horse that someone else is having problems with or can’t get along with. If the horse has bad habits with them chances are they will have the same problems no matter who owns them. For example, a 12-15 year old gelding that has good training, is well broke, has a million miles on him and will take care of you on the trail is priceless! Why would someone want to sell him for a $1000.00?
When you come to CBR interested in one of our horses it is vitally important to us that you get along with our horse. We want you to be successful with a CBR gelding. We want you to meet the horse and spend a little time with him, ride him and ask questions. You are welcome to come several times if need be.
Because we want our clients to be a success, Jonesy will take the time to show you how the horse is trained and show you the cues that get the horses feet to move. With our horses, all it takes is a gentle squeeze with the legs to get them to move forward. Lean back in the saddle and put your feet forward and he will stop. (Just to name a couple.)
As a trainer, Jonesy offers a “tune up” and help with any issues that may arise. We are always available to answer any questions.
As I said, buying a horse is an investment, it may take a little time and putting the money back to get something of quality. But in the end, isn’t it the things we work hardest for are the things that mean the most to us?
Thanks for readin…be blessed,