01-16-2013, 05:25 PM
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Well I'd just put him through the paces, basically anything you can think of. W/T/C, yielding, stops, other cues. Also, before you ride take him through groundwork, pick his feet, brush him just everything. THEN if you decide to lease make sure he is sound and healthy just to make sure you don't have a horse you can't ride, but pay and lease.
When I look at a horse I ask the owner to leave them in the field or pasture and do not warm them up before. That way from start to finish you should have a very good idea of what you're getting. YOU get him from the field, YOU work with him, YOU tack him up and so on. Most of the time if owners don't allow you to do this, it's a huge red flag and most likely covering up something. Don't feel stupid asking questions about the horse either. (:
Good luck, let us know how it goes.