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post #1 of 3 Old 07-18-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Questions to ask when going to see a potential buy..and other questions.

okay, well im not a first time horse owner and i have been around horses since i was 3. (im 17 now..) on the ground im fine with horses not scared or shy to lead them around but in the saddle ive still got that fear. anywho, im going to see a horse thursday and im wondering - what questions should i ask the owner? i mean she cancelled on me yesterday to come see the horse; which i was not happy about. anyway i know to ask about the coggins and feet and any vices, training, etc. but i just do not want to end up with another horse that is not right for me. thei nfo i have on him is that hes a 9 year old grade quarter horse. came from florida and while he was in florida he was on a womans farm who just had him for her grandkids to ride so she said he is quiet. but she said he just needs to be ridden..and in another ad i found that she posted 3 months earlier said that he needed an expierenced rider. which kind of worries me because she said he was quiet and i want a quiet horse. so im trying to be optimistic and think she only wants an expierined rider because she wants him to go to a good home..anyway hes also barefoot and i have a few pictures of him and he seems like a very docile animal. so after getting very off topic with this my questions are; what are your opinions on this and what do you think i should look for when going out to see him? thanks for reading my essay and im looking forward to hearing from you guys.

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-18-2011, 03:19 PM
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As far as his attitude you have have to decide what you are looking for. Do you want something quiet or something that will keep you on your toes? I would suggest riding this horse, walk, trot, and canter (if you are not already planning on it). This way you can feel him under you and get a better idea of how he moves. Also, i would ask someone else to ride him so you can see him move. If you are seriously considering this horse, get a vet check.
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I was really nervous when we went to see the horse I now have on trial. If you are nervous about how riding him at all, I would get someone else to ride him first. That helped with my confidence :)

I would ask her how often he is ridden usually. I would also ask why she said he needs an experienced rider in an earlier ad. Whether he has any vices of course... I based most of my questions off the fact that I am a timid rider and I really did not want to end up over-horsed :)
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