Be­yond the for­ever home

I train my horses to be happy, will­ing and gen­er­ous per­form­ers so they will at­tract the kind of own­ers who will love them and take care of them for the long term.

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f you’re like me, you’ve seen the term “for­ever home” thou­sands of times while pe­rus­ing horse ads: “look­ing for a for­ever home” or “will only sell to a for­ever home” or “of­fer­ing a for­ever home.” We all want the best for our horses--a life­time of green pastures, bound­less re­sources for the best of care, proper train­ing, nu­tri­tious feed, kind treat­ment, con­sis­tency and friend­ship. And for many of us, that means pro­vid­ing a for­ever home. But is this al­ways a rea­son­able prom­ise to make or ex­pect? How re­al­is­tic is the ex­pec­ta­tion of a for­ever home? Can a for­ever home ac­tu­ally be detri­men­tal to a horse?

As I write this I’m look­ing out at a 4-year-old filly I re­cently bought. She’s a Shire-cross sport horse built like a true ath­lete, with a tight-kneed jump and fluid move­ment. I pur­chased her to start for a client who wants a novice even­ter.

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