A little snark for your Friday
“Val is an 8 yr old registered Clydesdale mare broke to ride and drive. She is truly a gentle giant. She is riding 2nd level dressage and is a jumping machine. She is extrememly well broke and has incredible manners. She requires NO rein to turn her, just leg pressure, she roll backs, side passes, piviots, shoulder in, shoulder out, collects, backs, picks up her leads, lead changes, jumps 4 feet easy. I can use her for novice begininner lessons and I feel comfortable putting small kids on her. She is broke to drive single, double and in a quad. I have dramaticly discounted her price jusrt becasue I am sitting with 9 horses currently and need to thin the herd before winter. Val makes me money in my riding program and leasing her out, but would love to find her a forever home. This girl has had a TON of professional training and you would be the talk of the town with a horse like her. She is truly impressive. Don’t let this girl pass you by.”
Thank you craigslist for yet another gem.
We love ads like this. It came with pictures of the horse being ridden western, jumping a cavaletti and hooked up to a cart
but unfortunately I couldn’t attach them. (JG: Done! Check out the alt-text for my thoughts.) And now to snark!
First of all – WTF is a “shoulder out”? Wouldn’t that put you on top of or even outside of the little white fence? I guess we can safely assume the seller means haunches in (travir). To which we say good for you little draft mare! You can bend! -making the logic-leap that they’re doing it correctly.
Secondly – If this horse is making you money, why are you selling her? Either the seller lied and isn’t making any money with this horse, or the seller lied and the horse isn’t doing everything the ad claims! A draft horse that can’t jump, do dressage AND drive (by the way, if you’ve ridden a carriage horse you know that they’re typically stiff as boards!) that is shocking! The slightest of feathers could knock me on my arse right now, that’s how much shock I am in!
Don’t get the wrong idea about us – we like draft horses. They are very good at what they were bred to do, which is muscle around really heavy objects. They, however, were not bred for agility or speed – both of which are tested in dressage and jumping. We’re not saying it’s impossible for a draft to do well in these disciplines, we’re merely saying that genetically speaking it’s more difficult for them than say a Thoroughbred.