When you made that oh-so-important decision on the horse of your dreams (or whatever), who was your A-team? Who is the person that just had to go with you to see the creature? Or did you fly solo?
If I can bring people along with me on my horse trips, I do. But often I’m making last minute trips and like last week, going in the middle of the week when taking off of work is inconvenient. So being able to go alone is just part of the deal. I try to take video and ask pertinent questions, and for any pre-purchase I definitely get my vet involved.
Then my A-team gets bombarded with my thoughts and questions, and a select few get to weigh in with their opinions. These individuals include my trusty vet and a select number of friends who I believe know my tastes and understand my goals and what I need in a horse, not just what I want.
While I truly think that going with your gut is key in any big decision, it’s hard to consider things from all perspectives on your own. By talking through certain horses with my A team, I’ve learnt even more about what to look for as I’m shopping. I pay more attention to hock articulation, to pastern length and shoulder angle. All little conformational aspects that I used to skim over in lieu of a great brain and nice movement. My A team though understands the horse that I buy needs to be in it for the long run, and they’ve got my back.
So let’s discuss- do you have an A-team? Maybe beyond just horse buying and even into training, tack decisions, or just surviving the every day rollercoaster of equestrian life? How does your A-team change depending on the issue?