Sorry for my absence, I've been off on course for a few weeks, and busy with home things as well. I've been looking into buying a new horse, but of course trying to find the 'perfect' horse that suits my needs yet fits in the budget is comparable to the search for the holy grail!
I've broken down my process into a few steps:
1) The Prep
2) The Search
3) The Reaping
4) The Test Ride
Because of where I live, it's extremely difficult to go and try horses, so they must pass these steps before I can actually go out and try them. This post is all about the prep!
What I did this time around was go create a list of words that would describe EXACTLY what I was looking for, no matter how strange, specific, or out there. During this phase I really needed to be honest with myself as to what I want and what I can handle myself since up here it is very difficult to get instruction in english riding, let alone specific to eventing. Once the list was made, the words were set into priorities from Needs, Wants, and Would Likes.
Then the fun began with search...