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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match

Part magic, part science, part luck, the perfect match is an elusive thing.

by John Strassburger
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match Of all the skills a horse trainer must possess, the ability to play matchmaker between horse and rider is one of the most important, most challenging, and most rewarding. Part magic, part science, part luck, the perfect match is an elusive thing.   When horse shopping, you always start with the big basics: price range, type and experience of horse, style match with rider (quiet ones for the timid, forward ones for the quiet, etc.). But that’s just the starting point. From there it becomes an almost forensic psychology experiment, as you try to read the souls of man and beast and predict all the places they might intersect.   Let’s be clear about one thing: There is no such thing as the perfect horse. Every person who has ever bought a horse has given up on some aspect that their “perfect” horse possesses—size, color, age, soundness, training, something. But a deficit can be overcome if the rest of the puzzle fits together.   The... Continue Reading

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