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post #1 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Horse shopping

It's my first time buying a horse and its kind of confusing. Does anyone have good tips to know if someone is scamming you or is legit??
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 07:20 PM
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Ask to help get the horse out.
Always go a few times to see the horse.
Spend time with the horse grooming, tacking, etc.
Ask lots of questions.
Take lots of pictures! The people on here are good at helping see things you may not.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 07:21 PM
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Take everything they say with a grain of salt. Have YOUR vet do a pre-purchase exam on the horse before you buy it.

It's surprisingly common for people to buy a horse only to find out that it's WAY older (or sometimes way younger) than the seller said, either because the seller honestly didn't know the horse's age or because they knew no one would want to buy a horse that old.

Ask the seller to show you everything they've claimed the horse can do, even if you don't plan on doing it yourself. If they say the horse jumps 3'6", have the demo it. OK with clippers? Then have them clip (or pretend to clip) to demonstrate. Great on the trail? Haul the horse out to a trail if there's not one on their property. Visit multiple times if necessary.

Be sure to handle the horse yourself for catching, grooming, and tacking up. Don't even let the seller hold the horse's head- have them stand off the side.

And bring along a trusted friend who is knowledgeable if at all possible!
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 07:31 PM
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My trainer charges a commision to help find a horse also which I am in the process of doing, its extremely helpful as she knows far more about the horses then I do so its well worth the money. She can spot things instantly that I would have never guessed.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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My trainer charges a commision to help find a horse also which I am in the process of doing, its extremely helpful as she knows far more about the horses then I do so its well worth the money. She can spot things instantly that I would have never guessed.
Natfoth, I do have my trainer helping me and were going to look at this horse again tomorrow.
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-03-2013, 08:18 PM
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Arrive a bit early when you look at the horse.

Go out with them to catch it, etc, but ask them to do everything first. Ask them to ride first, and not just a walk around, but a proper trot/canter. Then, if you feel safe have a ride. Try everything.

Then if you like him go see him again, I pretty much think sellers are happy to show a horse twice, but after that most will want a commitment. If you don't know what you are looking for a vet check can be a great idea. However, its something I don't do as often the vet check costs nearly as much as the horse. That's partly because I tend to buy cheap horses from rural areas though.

Many people will say "there are other people interested/looking tomorrow" and if you like the horse you might feel pressured into making a decision. If you're not sure though wait, think it over, get your vet check. Sometimes the horse will be sold but there are always others out there. Don't let sellers intimidate you.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 12:52 AM
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Always, always, ALWAYS have the owner of the horse ride first. YOU help get the horse ready, lunge it, tack it, lead it, etc. But do NOT get on until after you see someone else ride him/her. That is by far the best advice I can give.

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 12:54 AM
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Also, have the owner/rider show you what the horse is said to do. Second level dressage? Show me. 3' jumper? Show me. Trail horse? Show me. Basically, ask to have you handle the horse until it is time to ride, then have the owner take it from there for a bit. After you see the horse being ridden, and see it isn't crazy and does what it is said to do, and you are still intersted, only then mount up and try it for yourself.

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Always, always, ALWAYS have the owner of the horse ride first. YOU help get the horse ready, lunge it, tack it, lead it, etc. But do NOT get on until after you see someone else ride him/her. That is by far the best advice I can give.
I had to get on the horse first before because the owner having lung cancer can't ride and there wasn't anyone else there to ride. But he was perfect. What do you think?
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 10:16 AM
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Sounds like similar situation when I got Trusty. The owner is still recovery from back surgery in November and can't ride. I walked him around a lot when I went to look him over a couple of times. Finally tacked him and led him around without so much as a flinch from the cinch or anything. I grabbed each stirrup and pushed down on them with a fair amount of pressure to see if any reaction and there was none. Then I put foot to stirrup to bounce up then back down with no response other than a look of ,well get on if you are going to..lol Mounted and roade around for about 15 minutes with very little jitters or nervousness since he hasn't been outside the paddock for almost a year. I brought him home and he is the same here as he was there. Minus a lot of the jitters since I ride him somewhat regularly now.

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