Buying New Horse: What To Look For
My sister recently started taking riding lessons (she's 12) and my mother has taken a fancy to the horse she's been using. She's ridden him twice.
She's taking me to see him at her next lesson (next Wednesday). She would like me to ride him to see how well he listens to me.
We've owned horses for a long time and are both highly experienced riders. As such (and I'm ashamed to admit it) I've forgotten what exactly I need to watch for when buying a horse. I just get on for a test ride and if I'm comfortable, odds are we'll buy him.
That being said, we both know to look for signs of lameness, illness, blindness, and excessive temperament issues.
What I know about this horse is very little. I know he's considered a paint because he has stockings and two spots two inches in diameter on his neck. He's a sorrel gelding. His name is Moon. I don't know his age but if my mom had to guess, she would guess under 15.
I also know that he gives my sister a little trouble when they go by the gate leading to their barn. But that seems to be the only issue and it would be easy to fix as we've had horses like that before and have changed that behavior.
My mom wants me to ride him to see if he does that with a more experienced rider on him. She would also like to see him lope because my sister hasn't gotten to that yet in her lessons.
That being said, aside from seeing how he acts with me by the gate and how he moves through his gaits, what all should we be watching for?