Monday, October 27, 2008
The Perfect Horse
Is there such a thing as the "perfect horse"?? Well actually in a round about way... yes. Yes there is. Well now how can that be possible? Well my dear friends here is how it works. There is a perfect horse for everyone out there. However what may be "perfect for you, will not be perfect for someone else. I have a student who owns an 8 year old QH mare. Bred to the HILT!!!! Sweet, kind, excellent conformation, everything you'd be looking for in a horse right? WRONG, this mare can be a she-devil under saddle, she won't canter, and she used to have quite the rearing problem. People would ask my student all the time "why do you bother, why do you keep at her?" Well she keeps going because #1 the rearing problem happened to be an ill-fitting cinch, and #2 her lack of canter was due to the fact that she was never properly trained how. Yet to my student and her horse have a mutual understanding and respect for each other. My student likes the challenge and the mare likes to BE challenged. So they work beautifully together! Everyone has there own niche for that certain type of horse; the sassy, the dead broke, green, advanced, mare, gelding, old, young. Whatever it is it's out there and when they find it, they've never been happier!!! You've got to think outside the box and realize that horses have their own personalities too. It's like this. People become infatuated with a person when they have the type of attitude and personality that complements their own, so why would your horse be any different? Yes people of the horse world, there really is a horse for every rider out there!!! The thing to remember is to just not SETTLE for any old thing. Take your time and romance the situation just as you would in your own personal life. You'll have a much better partnership and long lasting relationship with your four legged friend if you do!!!