Preseason Scouting…

Football season is over, all that talk about trades, who’s on injury reserves, and who is going to win the big game is now a thing of the past; for at least a few months, anyway………Now is the real preseason, our preseason.  Unlike football where you are just an armchair quarterback, in your horse world you are the owner, the head coach and the referee.  This is your team and how you use the player or players is all up to you!  Two things happen this time of year. First, the weather starts to improve. Longer days, warmer temperatures; which leads to melting snow and more time to mess with the horses and mules. Second, the planning of trips and rides with your stock.  But will all your stock make this year’s team? Spring is also the time of year for a lot of big horse and mule auctions. This year, more than in years past, friends and Trailhead Supply customers have been reaching out asking me if I know of any good deals on horses and mules being sold.  The age-old question has always been is it better to buy an older animal with experience, or get a younger cheaper animal and pay for some additional training.  Then there is the hidden cost. More animals means a bigger trailer, more tack, more time. But as I keep telling myself they are like potato chips, you just can’t have one!!! If you have never been, or if you have time, I would encourage you to go to a big livestock sale. It is a lot of fun great people and some wonderful vendors.  I know because Trailhead Supply makes an appearance at a few. 

Get out, get some fresh air, pour another big cup of coffee, and  enjoy what is left of winter because it will be mud season before you know it.  Take a trip to the sale barn if you can and remember the number one rule when bidding…..don’t bid against me!!  

See you on the trail.


P.S. We will be at Salmon Select this year. More details are here.

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  • Kathy Young says...

    Yea, I’ve always wanted to go to an auction. It’s a scary proposition though. It’s that potato chip theory.

    February 17, 2017

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