When P and I had those 2 weeks where literally nothing went right (before I found out it’s probably pain-related), I was all about selling him. Or giving him away. If a glue factory worker had approached me after the 2nd horse trial, I would’ve paid THEM to take P. I spent the 3 hour drive home from Aiken alternating between bawling my eyes out (and I’m NOT a crier) and mentally writing his “For Sale” ad.
Then I talked to Trainer B, who I really thought would be thrilled I wanted to get rid of the horse. And Trainer B said, “No, don’t sell him. He’s too nice to sell.”
Uhh, earth to Trainer B. Have you ever met us before? We suck.
But then he said, “Everyone has issues. This is yours.”
And then BO brought up that a new horse may not be the answer as well. When you get a new horse, you never really know what you’re getting. Sure, an ad can say, “No vices” and the pictures/videos will undoubtedly show the horse at its best, but there’s no way to know exactly what you’re getting.
I’ve owned P for 4 years. And he’s pretty perfect. Let me tell you the ways:
- He self-loads on the trailer.
- He behaves the exact same off-property and at shows as he does at home.
- He greets you at the gate.
- He doesn’t buck. He tried once, about 3 years ago at our 2nd ever dressage show in warmup and has never attempted it since. I didn’t even realize what he was doing until I saw video after.
- Did you sprint up behind him, not realizing he’s a flight animal? Don’t worry, P won’t mind. I constantly have to tell the kids that not all horses are like P and to pretend like he’s spooky.
- He’s never reared. Has never even felt like he was going to.
- If he seems a little quick while leading him up to the barn, hand the lead to the nearest 4 year old. P’s nose will hit the dirt and his legs will slow to about 0.01 mph.
- Hs spook consists of a jump sideways, then he keeps going.
- He doesn’t call for other horses.
- Will cross-tie or tie to a trailer all day, no matter what’s going on around him.
- You can clip him anywhere with no twitch and no sedation. He’ll put his head down so you can reach his ears more easily.
- Even though he loves his turnout, he can be stalled anytime, anywhere. At a show and horses on both sides leave? No problem.
- He loves his water. No worrying about him getting dehydrated.
- He’s a dream in the warmup ring. Get cut off? Have a horse get too close? No problem for P, he lets it all roll right off his back.
- If you fall off, he stands there and looks at you.
- You will win lots of contests and get free stuff because he’ll go along with whatever scheme you have in mind.
- He’ll eat anything and it’s quite entertaining. Want to see a carnivorous herbivore? Come visit P and bring McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
- He has a fabulous walk and trot. His canter has gotten progressively worse, but that is most likely due to the, ya know, hock arthritis. Doh.
- No tack? No problem.
- Vets and farriers love him because he just stands there and gives no trouble.
- You can pretty much do anything you want to around or even on him.
Of course, no horse is perfect. Here’s how he’s not perfect:
- He stops at jumps.
So…what’s your horse’s “thing?” What are they not perfect at?