Ways You Can Find Your Next Show Horse

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Most competitive riders find themselves in need of a new show horse at some point in their riding career. We can outgrow our show horses for any number of reasons, whether the horse ages or is injured, or if we progress to a higher competition level where our horse cannot follow. Luckily, there are a number of different ways that you can find your next show horse.

Spread the Word

When you’re ready to look for your next show horse, start by spreading the word amongst friends, family, barn mates, and even your vet. Tell them what you’re looking for in a horse, and ask them to help further spread the word. Networking is a powerful tool, and you never know who may be aware of a horse out there who is just perfect for you.

Catch Ride

Until you can find your next show horse, offer yourself up as a catch rider. Let friends, other horse owners, and trainers know that you’re available to show horses for someone who may need a rider. If you’re a talented show rider, you may be able to find a steady supply of rides. This means more time in the show ring and more chances to polish your skills.

Lease a Horse

Leasing a show horse may be an ideal situation for riders who are quickly progressing up through the show levels. By leasing a horse, you can find a horse who is experienced in the show ring and who is ready to help you progress. Leasing a horse may be a more economical choice than buying a horse is, especially if you will likely need to find another show horse in a few years. You can end your lease when you’re ready to move on without having the financial responsibility of owning a horse.

Buy a Horse

If you’re ready to buy a show horse, then it’s time to turn your attention to ads for show horses for sale. When looking for a show horse, try to find a horse who is experienced in the show ring and who has a proven show record.

Buying a veteran show horse can be a pricey investment, so some riders opt to bring along prospect horses instead. While prospects initially cost less, they require a large time investment on your part. Prospects can also lead to disappointment if they turn out to lack the show ring talent that you had hoped they would have.

The right solution to finding your next show horse will depend on your situation and your goals. Best of luck in the show ring!

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