You knew it was love from the first time you rode him/her. It was a match made in heaven, right?
Maybe it’s because we have great horses at the ranch, and maybe it’s because horses are just meant to be loved by all of us, but time after time our guests fall in love with their horse and look forward to coming back and riding him/her year after year. This can be great as it is a special bond, and it’s nice to know the horse and understand his/her quirks going into your vacation. However, we’ve also seen our guests stay loyal to that special horse too long, and miss out on an opportunity with the newer and younger horses available in the string.
The good news is you are not cheating on your horse if you ride a new one! Think of horses like children. The more you have, the more you love them, right? Same goes for horses.
What is so wonderful with our herd is that each year we add new, younger horses. This means there are always new ones to try who are ready to be put on the starting string. So, what are some hints that it might be time to try out a new steed?
- You’ve noticed that the wranglers keep talking about how great your horse is with kids. Some horses are great for kids from a young age, but some tend to gravitate that direction as they get older and more quiet. Which means your horse may not have the stamina to go for long, hard rides anymore. And they may be ready for a little bit less expected from them.
- You know your horse inside and out. How he/she will react to every situation, and you can almost ride without thinking. Maybe it’s time for a new challenge? Time to learn the quirks of a new horse and find out their secret skills that make them special. Your horsemanship will improve, as you have to think differently and listen to your horse more carefully.
- Horses, much like people, continue to grow and change from year to year. So, although your horse has been a certain way for a couple years it may not mean he/she is still the same this year. This is where you can help the wranglers help you choose if it’s time to switch. Let them know what you loved about your horse. What did you not love? What are you looking for in your riding experience? Based on that info, they might have some suggestions for a shiny new steed who will actually give you more of what you’re looking for during your vacation at the ranch.
Maybe there is no prying you away from your fave, and that’s ok. But, they are like our children to us, and we want to introduce you to more than just one so you can see how they are all wonderful!