I love my horses, and I wouldn’t trade them any others. That said, we all have horse breeds that we daydream about owning or riding in a perfect world. Here is a look at some of the horse breeds I sometimes think about owning someday—if my barn was bigger and I had more stall-cleaning help.
Beach Vogue Horses by JB Stran/publicdomainpictures.net
In a daydream world, I would own a Mustang. Have you ever seen those ads from the Bureau of Land Management promoting their Mustang Adoptions? I’ve always wanted to do that—bring home a true wild Mustang, still with authentic Wild West dust in his coat, then earn his trust, train him, and ride off into the sunset on a horse that was born wild among the sagebrush and rocky bluffs. If a perfect world, this would all work out easily and wouldn’t take particularly long. But I know it’s not nearly that simple. Starting this list, I’m surprised to see I have two “wild” horse breeds on it. I very much like well-behaved, well-trained horses, so purchasing animals that haven’t been ever been handled probably isn’t the best match for my lifestyle. But again, it’s fun to think about.
In a daydream world, I would own a Standardbred, and a little cart, and we would cruise along the backstretch of some tiny county fair track in late summer, coming up on the outside and winning by a nose. And then we would donate the prize money back to charity, since our real prize was the enjoyment of the race and the thrill of victory. In the real world, however, I generally prefer small horse breeds, and I’d need to brush up my horse driving skills, so getting to this point would take some time. But it still sounds good.
What horse breeds do you dream of owning? Is it all just in fun, like mine, or do you really intend to follow through one day?
Daniel Johnson is a freelance writer
and professional photographer. He’s the author of several books,
including How to Raise Horses: Everything You Need to Know, (Voyageur
Press, 2014). Dan’s barn is home to Summer, a Welsh/TB cross, Orion, a
Welsh Cob, and Mati and Amos, two Welsh Mountain Ponies. Follow him at www.facebook.com/foxhillphoto.