How to Tell When You’ve Outgrown Your Horse

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Riders outgrow their equine partners for a number of reasons. Are you questioning whether your current horse is still right for you? You might have outgrown your horse, and it might be time to start looking at horses for sale to find a new partner.

An Advancing Competition Career

Serious competitors may find themselves in needs of new horses as they move up in their competition careers. Many horses can successfully compete at a few different levels, but the athletic and talent demands of upper-level competition narrows the field greatly. If your current horse is holding you back in competition and showing is a goal of yours, you may need to find a horse more suitable to the levels at which you’re competing.

A Different Direction

As the years pass you may find that you want to pursue a new discipline. While many horses can make the transition from one discipline into the beginning levels of another, if you are serious about that new discipline you may find that you need a different horse altogether if you are to continue progressing.

An Aging Horse

Sadly, as your horse ages you may find that his abilities and comfort level change. While many horses can still be ridden into their late teens and early twenties, your horse will not be able to compete or perform at the levels he did in his youth. Your horse may be better suited to a lighter, less demanding riding career. You may need to search for a younger horse to take his place in the show ring or as your main riding horse.

A Poor Fit

Sometimes, despite thoroughly evaluating potential horses for sale, you may find that the horse you bought is simply not the right horse for you. Your horse’s training, temperament, and overall character may reveal themselves to be so different than what you had anticipated that it makes riding the horse unpleasant or even dangerous for you. In such a situation it is in the best interest of both you and the horse to find the horse a more suitable home.

Additionally, some horses will let you know that they do not enjoy their current job or discipline. Not all horses are born to be lesson horses or competition horses. If your horse doesn’t enjoy his job, riding will not be enjoyable for either one of you.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to buy a new horse when you outgrow your current partner, as long as you put in the time to find your current horse a good home.

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