A Glossary Of Terms For Horse Buyers

Working in the world of horses, moving from stable to stable, farriers have the knowledge to offer insights about horses that clients are considering buying.

So one of your clients is looking to buy another horse? And you’ve been asked for advice? It’s no wonder. You’ve been around a lot of horses, and you’ve seen many of them bought and sold. You know how sellers put their animals in the best possible light.

But you can’t possibly help a client inspect every horse being sold. So why not help the client narrow the list by offering a guide to really understanding those horse-for-sale ads? You know the ones...

What the ad says: A free spirit.
What it really means: Look out!

What the ad says: Excellent barn manners. 
What it really means: Is at least 28 years old.

What the ad says: Excellent conformation
What it really means: Nuts; killed three men.

What the ad says: An easy keeper.
What it really means: So thin you could cut yourself on protruding hip bones.

What the ad says: Broke to harness.
What it really means: Don’t try riding this one!

What the ad says: 60 days training.
What it really means: Still can’t be ridden.

What the ad says: Adult lead line prospect.
What it really means: Walk-trot potential.

What the ad says: Always in the ribbons.
What it really means: Lead line (everybody gets a ribbon). 

What the ad says: Clean-legged.
What it really means: In race horses, s l o w.

What the ad says: Excellent bloodlines.
What it really means: Hopped fence and is bred to full brother.

What the ad says: Excellent…

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