The Learning Curve – Be Sure

Just how much can you learn about Andalusian horses in two years?

A few years ago I was contacted by someone searching for the perfect horse. This very nice person asked me their opinion about a particular horse they had found. They wanted a riding horse and since I don’t sell any, I was happy to provide my opinion. The horse I saw in the photo was a traditional, although very “American”, looking Andalusian. I personally would not be interested in such a horse because they do not represent the bloodlines of Spain that I prefer. I’m a breeder. Very picky. I suggested if they really want the horse of their dreams they should go down in age rather than down in quality. I was not being so nice.

That said, the person ended up purchasing the horse.

Then they learned.

This super nice person put all their hopes and dreams about that little un-trained American-bred horse on the public forums. The feedback they got implied that they’d bought the right breed and everything would turn out nice like rainbows and puppy dogs. The horse was just immature and needed some time…

There is one little itty bitty thing they forgot about … the horse had never been outside his paddock and was almost five years old. He was as green as grass and hot. He was bred that way, apparently.

Oh, but the sire was sooooo fabulous. He’ll turn out like that, won’t he? (mistake number one, never focus on the sire – they’re fab but the mare is what you should be focusing on … and the siblings … and the horse is what it is … unbroken)

Green as grass and hot … and when the horse arrives the new owner panics because he’s “nervous”. Andalusians aren’t supposed to be hot and nervous are they? Why is this horse having a hard time adjusting? Could it be that he’s just “sensitive”?

A year passes and there’s more talk about how long it takes the breed to mature.

The nervous gelding gets over 100 posts on the internet. He is described as a “basket case”, strung out, jumpy, immature but also super smart, super sweet, and friendly (but a bit suspicious).

I’m sort of not liking this horse but the owner is still nice.

So a year or two goes by and the owner learns she needs to sell this horse and get another. I tell them about a horse or two that I know for sale that is really worth the money. Then the seller of THOSE horses turns out to be a flake about selling the horses. Long story. That one bites the dust.

Back to the original little horse – that horse is now for sale and he is described as a “bit hot” … and the owner is ready to keep him if the right person doesn’t come along.

At the price of $15,000 for a gelding, I think they are going to be keeping him for a while.

I think he’d make a nice distance riding horse for someone with experience. Or a fancy little trick horse for someone who has the time … who knows. Maybe they’ll get lucky and the right person with deep pockets and a desire for a hot American Andalusian will come along. Or maybe they’ll be like that person in the other article who has a horse for sale for six years.

Lesson learned? Be sure of what you are buying. Don’t fall head over heels for the first horse you see. Remember there are dedicated breeders out there breeding specific lines of horses for specific uses. See if you can find one of those before buying from a backyard breeder. And if the horse is not right for you, he is right for someone, at the right price, for the right job. COMMIT TO SELL.

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