Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Put the horse through all gaits. If you don't like them, either walk away or maybe come back a second time. Do not get pressured into buying a horse you are not comfortable with - either by the seller or your trainer. Ride that horse as long as you want - I would suggest at least 1/2 an hour. That gives you and the horse a time to get used to each other. Ride him an hour if you need to. It is your money so spend it wisely
Trainers come and go, but that horse will be with you a long while. Don't fall into the "don't worry, we can work on that problem, it isn't too bad". There are a LOT of first class horses out there at bargain basement prices.
You want to try the horse how you are going to use him. If he is a trail horse - even just sometimes - take him out on a trail. If there are no trails, then take him all around the farm/barn. If he spooks there, he may be worse in unfamiliar places. (A spook, not a shy). All horses can shy at something that looks odd but a spook is not something that you want at this stage of your ability.
I like to wave my hands suddenly in front of a new horse to see how he handles it. I like to watch his owner ride him since they should know how to show him off the best. Watching a trainer doesn't do a lot since a good trainer can make any horse look good but that don't translate into you being able to do that. What your trainer should be doing is to put themselves in your position and judge whether you can ride the horse - not them.
You want a finished horse for YOUR ability not a horse that needs work to make him right or that you will grow into. Your first horse needs to be a confidence builder not one that makes you uncomfortable.
A first horse, especially, needs to be special. He may not your favorite color or breed, he may not have the right "look" but he will be the horse that begins a lifetime of smiles and confidence.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 11-28-2008 at 08:32 AM.