Buying a Horse (Part #3 of 3)

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Careful Building Plans

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  I Corinthians 3:10-11 (NIV)

Since being at Quakerdale Wolfe Ranch we’ve  been  offered many horses that people have wanted to find good homes for and they thought their horse would be a good fit for the ranch. The horses were beautiful and still fairly young. Just one problem they were not trained. That is why people were willing to “donate” them to us. This became a problem because we had to spend much of our time training these horses instead of having something trustworthy and ready to be worked with at the ranch. Especially when we work with so many beginners this was not a smart move for us to make.

It is important when buying your first horse to really know what you want and need  in a horse. What do you want to do with this horse? That will help narrow down the search. When you look online the choices are overwhelming so narrow down what you are looking for.  Do you want to trail ride? Do you want to show your horse? Are you planning on riding English or Western? What color, cost, sex, and age of horse are you looking for?  What kind of experience does the horse have?   Another pitfall that people make is they buy an untrained horse, because it is cheaper or because they have the dream of it growing up with their children. This can be a dangerous decisions if you are a beginning rider.

It is better to get a horse that is well-trained in the area that you are interested in riding.  Training is something that takes much preparation and time.  It is important to start with a horse that is trustworthy and experienced.  It is important to know what you are wanting to accomplish with this horse before you purchase it.

Much like the apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 3:10-11;  it is crucial to know what foundation you want to build on when you are starting in the horse world. Much like we need to know about our foundation that we are building for our life. Hopefully our foundation is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our relationship with Him is what needs to be our true foundation for our life in which everything else flows.  Our plans, our desires, our activities, our relationships and all of our decisions need to  be built on Him.  When you are  making  decisions , let them begin with Jesus as the foundation  and see how much better your life can be.

by Vera Clark

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