A Response to “So You Want to Purchase a Horse”

“So You Want To Purchase a Horse” was written by Holli Lotz, a Maverick Horseback Rider.  Below, a response from Joan Marie MacCoy, MaverickHorsebackRiding.com‘s head trail guide and horse trainer.
Considering the monetary investment of a horse is absolutely crucial.  Too many horses end up going to brokers or cared for improperly.  It irks me to now end when wonderful, pleasant, hard-working horses are let go in one form or another, and obnoxious, poorly mannered, un-working horses are pampered in stalls.
Luckily, keeping horses in Texas in the winter is not too much of an issue.  Do NOT unnecessarily blanket your horse.  It will prevent them from growing the coat they naturally would to protect them, and over heating is much more dangerous than the cold.  Blanket when it’s cold and wet.  Check back in for a future blog post “When to Blanket Your Horse.”
Space issues are interesting.  On the one hand, most horses do need a large amount.  On the other, working horses can be kept on very small plots of land and be very happy.  Check back on a future post “How Much Land Does Your Horse Require?”
There are two types of Arabians.  One was bred for looks.  The other was bred to STAND IN THE FAMILY TENT to keep them warm at night.  I’d highly recommend an Arabian.  Check back in for a future blog post “Arabians– Fact and Fiction.”

I think I enjoy the only profession where looks actually do matter.  And I LOVE it!  As an owner/operator of a trail ride company, I know that people love color.  I know the power of colorful horses in marketing, and I know people enjoy a recognizable horse.  Other than trail riding though, Holli is spot on.  Conformation, not coat color, is key.


Great job Holli!

–Joan Marie

Pictured is Coca, an 8 year old paint mare This horse has lineage on two different lines to Man of War. She can be registered (Dam is Bronze Beam and Sire is Cutter’s Black Lynx). She is flashy, collected, engaged and well-seasoned. She has been on numerous highway rides, used with special needs riders and young children, and has thousands of miles on her. She has successfully and soundly completed 25 mile rides, 10 mile canter trails and has encountered all kinds of experiences. She follows right along on trails with minimal steering and would be ideal for a woman or child who wants a safe, beautiful horse. Although she is so easy-going and follows along, she is not broken spirited. You can take her on a different route with ease. Coco is a cute jumper and would make a lovely horse for a youth rider for showing, or simply as an amazing family horse for trails and pleasure riding. She is ridden bareback on canter trails and over jumps. She can be ridden without a bridle as well. $8,000 Firm, open to full or partial trades on horses, vehicles or trailers

Trainer Joan Marie shown on her first ride on Coca.