3 Difficulties in Finding My Next Equine Partner: How Jennifer Truett Solved Them!
by Jen Truett Clinic Client Mary Osgood
My story begins with meeting Jen Truett in July, 2013. I audited a clinic, but could not ride because of my gelding’s lameness. I hoped to ride with her in Sept, 2013, but again lameness prevented me. However, this began our partnership.
In Oct, 2013, it became evident that my beloved TB gelding needed a year of pasture turnout. So I found myself ready to look at online ads and videos for my next horse.
Difficulty #1: Lack of a sharp eye to effectively evaluate gaits from a video. I engaged Jen to help me more than 3 months into my search. I could have saved lots of time and travel money, had I contacted her earlier. In late Feb, 2014, I was about to proceed to vet exam on a horse, but I felt he was too green for the money. The night before the exam, I impulsively called Jen and asked for her input. She said, “send me the video and I’ll look at it right away”. Wow, that’s great service! In less than 10 minutes she told me, “if you were a regular student of mine, I would tell you to pass on this horse. There are many reasons, but for starters, he’ll never get more than a ‘4’ on his walk”. My eye did not see the defects that she did.
Difficulty #2: Lack of a ‘thinking partner’ with demanding high standards to maintain objectivity. One horse looked just like my previous gelding, another one reminded me of my previous mare – these are not reasons to purchase. Even though I thought I was being objective, I was not. Jen helped me become more aware of how to manage this aspect of horse searching. After I narrowed my criteria, she eventually looked at 50+ videos and eliminated many based on 3 non-negotiable criteria: 1) gelding 2) 15.2 – 16.0 hands 3) three pure gaits (walk, trot, canter) as judged by Jen via videos. I found my emotions got in the way when evaluating horses on my own.
Difficulty #3: Desire to accept a horse even though vet exam uncovers negative information. Horse #2 came along late March; Jen approved the videos, I loved riding him and we proceeded to vet exam. He seemed the perfect match for me! However, there was border-line lameness during the vet exam. The seller explained it with a pasture injury 5 days prior to the exam. We agreed to re-examine in 2 weeks. Again, there was a very minor lameness. I was now so taken by this horse, I wanted to buy him. I needed Jen to say to me “typically, we don’t purchase a horse that is even slightly lame during the vet exam”! I really needed to hear that and reluctantly passed on this horse.
Three weeks later, Jen found a horse that was 15.2 hands, bay (my preferred color), and a gelding with three pure gaits. His name is ‘Charm’ and he arrived to his new home in Minnesota in late May, 2014. Thank you, Jen!!
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