Why Use Graemont?
You need a successful experience. Itís not just the money, itís the emotional stress of having a horse that doesnít work out.
Buying a horse in the USA or in Europe is risky. Is the seller honestly representing the horse? Am I realistic about my ability to manage this new animal? Will he stay sound and will he continue to cooperate with me as his rider? These are all questions that can and should be going through your head when you set out to buy a horse.
The simple truth is: buying a horse is as speculative as getting married Ė and you really donít know what youíve got until its too late. But you can stack the odds in your favor before you take that leap of faith and purchase your next dressage mount. There are several ways to do this:
1. Ride as many horses as possible in a short period of time as possible to get an idea of what you get along with. Watching videos does not count as horse shopping as itís a two dimensional technology that has little to do with your feelings and potential relationship with the horse.
2. Assemble your team to help you make the choice. That doesnít mean ask your barn mates or online chat rooms. It means involving professionals that are working for you and have the professional experience to help you. If your personal trainer buys less than 2-3 horses a year, they may not be an experienced enough consulting resource. Evaluating horses takes knowledge of bloodlines, buying resources, seller reputation and movement as it relates to ride-ability. It also takes a lifetime of wisdom to see a horse and size it up quickly as well as recognizing potential suitability for the buyer and the career ahead.
3. Have a very good vetting, but with realistic expectations. Understand that the pre-purchase exam is like looking through a key hole into a room to determine if there are any monsters lurking. It's only a partial picture at one monent in the horse's life. A clean vetting doesn't mean you're buying an unsound horse - and even a very sound horse may be uneven after a flexion test on any given day or have significant bone/ arthritis related joint abnormalities. Again, use your team to help you navigate this process (and have your home vet involved.
4. Understand that there are no guarantees. Even the most successful horse professionals in the world would say that if they buy 20 horses, only one or two will turn out to make their dreams come true. They would also predict that most will be good enough and a few will be disappointments. No matter what measures you take, buying anywhere in the world is very speculative; and the more experienced professionals are humble about picking horses and have a "wait and see" attitude.
5. The best way to raise your odds of being happy with your purchase is to see a lot of horses and get feedback from people with more experience than you. Of course there is that "follow your heart" issue too. Keep in mind that many champions didn't seem to be winners at every point in their lives - but they had a rider who never gave up and kept training, rehabilitating, waiting, believing or whatever it took to eventually own a winner. Buying a horse is not just making a choice, it's making a committment to believe in a horse even through difficult times.
Many amateurs and professionals alike are choosing Graemont, Inc to be on their team. While we cannot guarantee that every horse you choose will make your dreams come true, we do promise that we will raise the odds of your finding the right horse.