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  • Written by Mary Allyce
  • Category: Learn

Pricing, Buying, And Selling Saddlebreds

pricingahorseheaderPhoto by Julia Shelburne-HittiIt’s time to sell your horse or buy one, and you have the equivalent of sticker shock. If you’re selling, quoted prices sound low and if you’re buying, they sound high. The business of buying and selling horses is not easily relatable to other businesses, and it can be a steep learning curve for those new to the marketplace. The majority of Saddlebred owners buy and sell through professional trainers who act as agents in the transactions and receive commissions, somewhat like real estate, but not exactly. It’s often confusing for newbies, and frustrating even for veteran owners.

Google says the term “horse trading” has a bad reputation, “. . . due to the difficulties in evaluating the merits of a horse offered for sale.” I won’t argue with Google’s assessment. Pricing horses can be tricky, but does it have to be a bad or difficult experience? Not as long as you seek advice, do your homework, and have realistic expectations.

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  • Written by Allie Layos
  • Category: Learn

Is It Ever the Horse’s Fault?

horses fault headerPhoto by Julia Shelburne-Hitti“It’s never the horse’s fault.”

If you’ve never heard this phrase, you’ve probably never taken a riding lesson. It is the mantra of riding instructors everywhere – one of the first concepts new riders are taught as they learn to tack, mount, lead and ride their horses. But is this an over-correction to a world where excuses run rampant, or does it really mean what it says? Even at the highest levels of riding, is it really never the horse’s fault?

To answer this question you have to dig a bit deeper into what the statement means – and what it doesn’t.

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  • Written by Emma Hudelson
  • Category: Learn

Five Going on Four: The Denver Junior Class

We’ve all seen him. The five-year-old horse who, through no fault of his own, got a late start.

Maybe he was born long after the first foal of the season hit the ground, maybe he had to deal with an injury, or maybe he was just a late bloomer, but for whatever reason, when his junior year came around, he didn’t get the chance to travel the horse show circuit and get the valuable show ring experience most colts need before they’re ready to perform like a finished horse. Enter the Denver Junior class – a class that may become more important than ever in 2021.

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  • Written by Heather Thomas
  • Category: Learn

Behavior – Why Does My Horse Perform Differently at a Show?

Photo by Julia Shelburne-Hitti.Have you ever known a horse that performed well at home but whose behavior changed negatively at a show? What about a horse that lollygagged through its work sessions at home but suddenly became all show horse when trotting through the in-gate? Horses that perform one way at home or in practice often have a change in behavior and performance when competing at a show, and there may be a variety of reasons for this change.

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  • Written by Emma Hudelson
  • Category: Learn

How to Support the Saddlebred Industry During a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, every business sector in the country is affected. This is an unprecedented era, and like everything else, the Saddlebred industry is taking a hit – at a time when everyone should be gearing up for show season. The early spring shows are the place for new teams to debut, junior horses to show off how they’ve grown since their three-year-old season, and seasoned veterans to shake off the winter dust and get back in show shape. Normally, these are important times for anyone who answers the gate call, but this year is going to be different.

Cities and states are becoming more cautious about large gatherings, including horse shows. As of Wednesday, April 1, 27 industry events all over the country have been shut down or closed to the public. There’s no telling how many more will need to be canceled to keep everyone safe. This is hard for all involved. Exhibitors might be disappointed at not getting to make their season debut, but trainers, instructors and barn staff face potential income cuts, and Saddlebred state and regional associations could be struggling to handle things like entry fee returns. What can the average exhibitor do? How can we plan for show season during a time when we are told to #CancelEverything? Is it even safe to go to the barn anymore? There are no easy answers, but some individuals are coming up with unique ideas on how to stay involved with and support the industry during these turbulent times.

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