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    08-19-2008, 01:39 AM
Horse for my buddy

A friend of mine is looking to purchase a horse. He has been set on a Clydsdale ( I think it's a Budweiser thing). I had been attempting to sway him away from this idea, until I found this.

What questions shouls a buyer ask. Is there anything special aboiut a Clyde that sets them apart from any other breed? Considerations?

My buddy is brand new to horses, so I'm trying to stay clear of any hidden pifals...I'll be the one getting us through it.
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    08-19-2008, 03:07 PM
Well, here's a list of standerd questions I ask before I purhcase or go to look at a horse.

How is he to handle, on the ground - picking up feet, playing with mouth, ears, etc.
Is he a generally relaxed horse, or does he get easily excitable?
How is to handle in the saddle?
How is he catch?
Does he respect fences and property?
How is he with dogs, small children, traffic?
Have you ever had any health issues (founder, colic, strangles, etc)?
How does he socialize with other horses?
Are you open to a vet exmaination?
Do you think he is suitable for someone new to horses?
Has he ever had his teeth floated? Current records or shots/dewormer/farrier?

Really, absolutely anything you can think of, even if it seems like a really mundane question. You can never ask enough.

I don't know anything about Clydes, so I don't know if they require any other special conditions but there are a lot of draft people here who should be able to help in that department. :)
    08-19-2008, 05:25 PM
Have him vet checked -this is a must for all horse buying, look for a local farrier and see if he/she will even handle drafts
Ask for all vet records/farrier records too-
Then the trailering issue-
Lots of stuff to check with the big guys, good fencing, big enough stall, equipment etc

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