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When looking for a horse, you need to assume a business mentality. You’re entering into a business transaction, not finding a horse to fall in love with. Most horsemen get tripped up and allow emotions to sneak into the equation because they go into their horse shopping experience unprepared. They have a vague idea of the horse they’re looking for, but they haven’t sat down and thoroughly thought about what they need or want in an equine partner.
You should develop an enjoyable and rewarding partnership with the horse, but after you’ve selected the right partner. No matter how hard you wish for it or try to make it happen, if you don’t have the correct partner to start with – the horse that meets your needs and goals as a horseman – no amount of hoping or trying will turn him into a perfect match for you.