By: Megan DeLisle
I thought I had everything in my life somewhat under control, finally. That is, until I came home with this preposterous idea I never thought my husband would give the ok too. Somehow I managed to marry the sweetest guy in the world, however, and he forced a smile on his face and said “sure honey,” and here I am, sucked into the fascinatingly frightening world of shopping for a horse.
Of course, it is never as easy as it sounds, especially when you are on a small budget and are about 2 hours from the closest equestrian hub. I have probably requested videos of over 20 horses at this point and have sent my trainer countless messages that fall along the lines of, “He’s cute, right? Or am I wrong? Tell me if he’s cute or not.” Thankfully, my trainer is also a very close friend so she lets me get away with the childlike demeanor as I flip through countless ads on DreamHorse. This isn’t my first time shopping for a competition horse, so I know the heartache that can come along with a perfectly edited sale video or showing up after a 3 hour car ride to find a horse so lame it can’t even walk without tossing its head. With our selection of horses nearby being so limited, we are planning a trip to Kentucky to shop around and see if we can find my new partner in crime in the horse capital of America. However, as I skim ads online and post ISO ads on Facebook Groups hoping to line up several prospects to stop and try, I find myself growing frustrated with the quality of ads placed online.
In order to try and better prepare my fellow Adult Ammys for the exciting, yet gut wrenching process of horse shopping, I decided to compile a list of Do’s and Don’ts while horse shopping!
Horse Shopping Do’s
Horse Shopping Don't’s
So be patient fellow ammys! We will make it on our own, in our own time! There is a bigger plan laid out for us and I know that with a little faith we will all make it. That is, unless my hubby cuts me off first. I may have told him we can make money on horses *INSERT CRYING/LAUGHING EMOJI HERE* HAHAHA. How long do you think it’ll take for him to figure out I had my fingers crossed when I said that?
Do you have any crazy horse shopping stories?