Even before Britt called out online dating being similar to horse shopping, I’d been tossing around comparisons in my head. See, I had never done either seriously before this year – call me a late bloomer. I’m not sure if either is better or worse overall, but there are certainly some strong paralells one can draw.
Before you ask, yes – these are all real screen grabs from Tinder. You’re welcome.
Anyone can look nice in pictures, but you really need to meet in person to see how he uses his body. Nothing is more disappointing than an amazing jump photo, only to watch the trainer jump around on what appears to be a llama.
Make sure you’re okay with someone’s quirks. While some people are totally on board with a cribber, others might not be so into that.
Unicorns don’t really exist. If they look perfect, they’re probably not. They might even be “homeless” if you want to be a dick about it.
You want to stay away from certain buzz words. These vary, and they can be easy to miss. For horses it’s often something like “spirited” or “has potential.” For men, my personal red flags are things like “drama free” and “looking for a partner in crime.” Results may vary.
A short, simple description is best. Say too much and I’m beginning to wonder why you need to write a novel to sell your product.
That being said, I’m going to want a little bit more than a list of accomplishments. There’s more to a horse than what they’ve showed in, or more to a man than how many cars they’ve wrecked. At least there should be more.
Honesty is good, but sometimes too much honesty is … terrifying. I mean, they say there’s someone for everyone.
Grammar and spelling, people. Grammar and spelling. I am not much into Qirter horses, but even on the less extreme end… your / you’re. To / too / two. It’s not that hard. I promise, it’s not.
Whether you’re online dating or horse shopping, the “rules” are exhausting. My best advice is to follow your heart and listen to your gut instinct. On top of that, always bring a friend with you. Having backup nearby is essential whether hopping on a new horse or not hopping on a new horse. 😉