Buying a horse can be a major expense and deserves proper consideration. So, keep reading for some great tips.
Far too many people still rush out and buy animals, whether it is dogs, cats or horses. And many of those decision turn out to be bad ones when the animal eventually gets neglected, ungroomed, not given the appropriate amount of exercise, or is mistreated.
Horses especially should never be bought on a whim, or a child’s demand. There are many questions you should be asking before buying a horse, and in most cases that choice should be made very slowly and carefully, and only after considering all the possible ‘for’ and ‘against’ options. Make a list of all things you are looking for in a horse before you go shopping for one. And what ever horse you look at from this point on, remember your ‘buying a horse checklist.’
Some of the important questions include:
- what type of horse will best suit the rider (not a stallion for a newbie rider; geldings are often the horse of choice for many beginner equestrian riders)
- leave your emotions out of the buying decision
- where was the horse advertised (in a well-known equestrian newsletter, a reputable horse club, or a shop window)
- what is the reason for selling (they can obviously lie, but look for confirmation and truth in their story if possible)
- ask if the horse loads easy and (if relevant to your needs)
- what health problems is the owner aware of (and willing to tell you about)
- ask what training the horse has had (untrained horses or unsuccessful ex-racing horses are not suitable for young children and inexperienced riders)
- ask about the horse’s disposition and ensure it suits the new rider-to-be
- ask about any bad habits (we ALL have some). An honest owner should be willing to discuss them with you (whether it be biting, bolting, kicking, rearing, bucking, chewing their stall, etc)
- ask if the horse has ever been injured and ask if they can provide an up to date medical record from their vet
- while many think a young horse is better value because of the many years use they will receive, in truth a young horse is still learning and again might not be a suitable choice for a new rider
- arrange a time and day with the owner and ask if they mind if you bring a vet to check the horse over, and take a blood test (obviously you would not proceed if they said no)
- double-check all the relevant details when seeing the horse for the first time (gender, height, age, breed)
- attend the premises and have your vet examine the horse before you buy and take some blood as arranged with the owner (use one who treats and knows horses well)
- release the horse into a yard and catch it again (a horse you can’t catch is pretty much useless)
- see if you can tack it up yourself, lead it, and take it for a ride. If possible, see if you can ride it on several different days to see how it reacts with you
- be wary of buying a horse at an auction unless you are very experienced or can take someone who is
- don’t be put off because the horse might be a little older than you hoped for. Many older horses still have many years in them and can be great with beginners
- see what the horse is like around other horses and animals, and whether it is jittery or flighty around lights, colours, noise and sudden movements
- be very sure about what you wanted in a horse and what you are not willing to sacrifice If this horse does not suit you, there are many others who will).
Twenty simple questions that might saving you a lot of money and a lot of heartache, especially if you are owning a horse for the first time!
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