Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rochester, New York
Right now, get a sheet of paper, and a pen, and write things down that you want to know. And bring it with you tomorrow. I have never really test rode a horse for buying before, so I really don't know. Just be as calm as you can, you will be okay. And even if you do tense up a bit, just tell them that sometimes you get nervous riding new horses for the first time. They will understand I am sure of it!
Edit: And yes, you should walk, trot, and ask them if he would be okay to canter. Do some circles with him. While you are tacking him up, make sure he picks up his feet ALL 4 of them for you, touch his face a bit, run your hand down his spine and rump, just to make sure he doesnt have any type of vice related to touching his body. Hmm, Ask them how he is with other horses, by himself, ask them if he has any vices, like cribbing, pacing, nipping, ect. How is he around young kids? Bikes? Dogs? Cars? Is he scared of anything?
If it is possible could you have your trainer or riding instrustor, or someone who knows a lot about horses go with you??
Sorry this post is SO long.. Just write it down if you need to!
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Last edited by Jillyann; 08-19-2009 at 03:46 PM.