Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.