The biggest thing, I think, when you're trying out a horse is it's got to be love at first sight. ~Boyd Martin
|Silly, kissy-face photo. Sometimes I think our ponies must think we are all a little nuts!|
One of the most exciting (to me) things that Boyd talked about was how he chooses the horses he buys.
The biggest thing, I think, when you’re trying out a horse is it’s got to be love at first sight. If you’re riding it around and trying to convince yourself that it’s the right one then it’s not the right one. Every horse that’s worked out well for me I knew it within two minutes, and every horse that didn’t work out was one of those ones that other people were convincing me it was a good horse.These words just make me feel so warm and happy inside! I still remember the first time I rode Loki and how it felt like the saddle just wrapped around me and I really just sank into him. It was probably the closest experiece to "love at first sight" I've ever had.
At the time my trainer really had Loki's half-brother, Monte in mind for me. I started out riding him and I liked him alright enough but after riding Loki I just knew with which horse I was going to be happiest. And it is just kind of cool to hear an Olympic-level rider basically saying the same thing... which is go with the horse you enjoy.
I really wish I had had this advice back when I bought my last horse. It would have saved me so, so much trouble!
Another one of my favorite quotes is this:
Better to want the horse you don't have than to have the horse you don't want. ~ Rick Meyer