Last month I talked about shopping for a new horse. It looks like my patience paid off; R.L. Chartier found me a pony that fits. She was with another trainer and will stay there for now.
There are certain things that are almost mandatory in purchasing a show horse prospect if you want to maximize success. A word is “criteria” or “window” as in, “it must fit through the window.” You establish your criteria or build your window. Things like return on investment (ROI). There is no easy way to make money, and doubly so in cutting. You make your money when you buy the horse. You must do it right. It is solely your responsibility.
Quality breeding comes first, last and always. Not only proven performers, but proven in the sale ring. You want bloodlines that command high prices. You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure. It costs more to train an “almost” horse – more cattle and time trying to get the lesson taught.
Prevention is the cheapest cure for anything. You never want to say, “I wish I had checked that.” Things to check and consider are nominations to events requiring it to be done during the foal year and bloodlines for the five genetic disorders. It is your responsibility to do the research. If you get your information from the seller, I suggest you get it in writing. Pre-purchase exams – they are expensive, maybe $700 or $1,000, but (there is no polite way to say this) if you don’t have one, you are terminally stupid. Maybe think about hiring a caregiver.
Speaking of hiring professional help, why would you not? Even the very best trainers consult each other. If you don’t have a trusting relationship with your trainer, you might need to reconsider just what the heck you are doing, period. It takes a whole working, functional team to build a good program. Buying horses for a program you don’t believe in is just nuts. Our industry is built on helping each other – use it.
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