Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
You definitely want to research the farm/ranch/breeder. I'll add that I would prefer someone that has been in the business a long time, helps match you to a horse based on what you want/skills/etc, and allows you riding time as you need to feel comfortable with the horse. The ranch/breeder we buy from has 35+ years in the business and insists that you ride a prospect in the ring, on the trail, solo and in a group to see all the aspects of the horse before buying. I know too many people that have fallen in love with the looks of a horse and made an emotional decision only to be unhappy with the match a few weeks later, or found a 'good deal' that winds up being too much horse or a hard keeper or has to be sent off for lots of expensive training.