Monday, April 28, 2008


Hi, everyone, thanks for your continued support!

Recently, someone asked where to find a horse similar to those that compete at Devon and Harrisburg. For the hunter and jumper divisions at Devon and Harrisburg, the horse must qualify to enter. Therefore, when you are watching the rounds at either show, keep in mind that the horses have been campaigned all year during the qualifying period and have done well enough to participate. If you want to purchase a horse like those seen at Devon and Harrisburg, the price of the horse will be at the high end, particularly because of its show record. If you do not have a trainer or equestrian professional to work with, you can contact the USEF or AHJA and obtain the names of some professionals in your area or ask someone in your area to give you a referral to a local professional.

If you are adventurous and game, those great, qualified horses started somewhere and you could consider purchasing a younger horse and training it yourself. Some people believe that the risk involved while trying to bring up a young horse outweighs the benefits. Time, money and consistency are necessary components in a young horse's successful development. It is skill, usually developed over time, to be masterful at selecting a quality horse from young stock and bringing it along successfully to maturity. Many variables go into the overall decision making process when choosing a young horse such as it's breeding, conformation, temperament, and it's veterinarian evaluation. If you are considering taking on a project of such magnitude, make sure you have someone with experience to help you. With a young horse, you can easily teach any behavior, good or bad, and there are specific principles that guide their instruction which are similar to the techniques your teacher used to help you to learn in school. I have met professionals who concentrate on developing young horses and you might want to locate such a person in your area and work with them.

Good luck with your search for a horse!
Catch up with me next week when I answer another one of your questions.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Tue Apr 29, 08:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was very interesting and good advice!!
thanks (:
let us know how the horses you ride are doing!

At Tue Apr 29, 09:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, I had a question..."How do you get sponsors and how does the whole sponsor thing work?

At Tue Apr 29, 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was very good advice!! thank you! i was wondering what u are going to do at frank's new barn! are you an assistant trainer there now or still riding catch rides? what are plans when you do start working for frank? and i would also love for you to tell us about sponsors too!! thanks so much!


At Tue Apr 29, 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your response to that often asked question on how to obtain "high quality" horses. It was very inciteful and helpful. I appreciate your continued involvement with this blog. Good Luck showing this year!

At Mon May 05, 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any1 watch the Kentucky Derby? So sad... i'm a hunt seat equitation rider my self but still

At Fri May 09, 11:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi.. update soon????? PLEASE!?


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