Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
I am strictly a trail rider. When I got to the point in my life where I could afford a registered horse, I NEVER looked at the papers first - ever.
As far as a great horse goes, you can’t ride the head or the papers and in the words of Mark Rashid, “a good horse is never a bad color”. :):)
Having been taught horse hunting by my grandfather, the horse was quietly sized up physically, first. If all appeared to be well, the second thing was the level of “horse sense” the horse appeared to have.
Step number three was to trail/trail ride the horse.
I can train my own horses. If the horse had some training and/or mental shortcomings it was never a big deal to me.
Finally, after shaking hands on a deal, THEN I would ask to see the papers:). Papers are great for studying ancestry but they don’t make a good trail horse. The exception to that might be endurance horses:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.