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    04-29-2013, 12:35 AM
Questions & procedures prior to buying a horse:

Ok so im going to buy a horse now, if I don't get a free lease and so I have heaps of questions and procedures I would go through.

Questions to ask: (Finding the scammers, liars and dodgy people)
. Research horses background, who broke it in, its sire and dam and what they acomplish.
. Feel horse all over for soreness or injuries
. Stretch horses front and back legs every time before riding and after riding horse to check it out.
. Take horses heart rate/breath/temperature prior to being ridden andafterwards.
. Ask how often the horse is being ridden and if it is fit.
. Feel horses legs and joints for swelling/heat and fluid.
. Check horse for brands
. Do a conformation assesment for soundness
. Age ? Check teeth
. Why are you selling?
. Can I have a vet check ?
. Is horse sound ?
. What vet do you have ?
. What farrier do you have ?
. What agistment are you on ?
. What does the horse do on a bad day ?
. If Mare How does she act in season?
. If pony club, ring up pony club.
. Is the pony/horse green ?
. Can the horse be breed registered?
. Any medical issues ?
. Has the horse had its teeth done ?
. Has it had its injections ?
. Is the horse a good doer ?
. Is the horse barefoot ?
. Has the horse ever bred ?
. If male does the horse act like a stallion ?
. What riding/ ground work has the horse done?
. Can horse thrive on paddock and grass diet?
. Has horse ever had colic ?
. Is horse good with fencing ?
. Can horse be paddocked with other horses ?
. Can horse be ridden with other horses ?
. Does horse have any vices ? Wind sucking, Pawing, Weaving, paddock walking, Head shaking, Fence chewing ?
. Has horse got separation anxiety ?
. What is horse usually fed ?
. Can it float well ?
. Can it be rugged ?
. Is it good with farrier ?
. Is it good with dentist ?
. Is it good to catch ?
. Is it good to tie up and lead ?
. Does its bolt, buck, pigroot, rear, paw, roll over when being ridden, throw head up.
. Is it head shy ? Or touchy any where ?
. Does it get stiff or sore any where in particular ?
. Check if the saddle they ride in fits it
. Ask owner to ride their horse first
. Check horses posture and try to tell if its been drugged
. Suprise owner one day to see horse, so you can tell if they drug it before you ride it.
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    04-29-2013, 12:40 AM
My favorite question to ask is "what is the absolute worst thing this horse does?" It catches people off guard enough to get an answer, or an answer that makes you realize how full of BS they are
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    04-29-2013, 12:43 AM
Originally Posted by GamingGrrl    
My favorite question to ask is "what is the absolute worst thing this horse does?" It catches people off guard enough to get an answer, or an answer that makes you realize how full of BS they are
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Thats a very good one ! Also made me think of asking questions and repeating them to see if the owner is lying, but allowing some time for owner to forget what answer they have given, to see if you get the same answerto the question or a different one.
    04-29-2013, 03:35 AM
"Does its bolt, buck, pigroot, rear, paw, roll over when being ridden, throw head up."

I think it is a good idea to ask if it has *ever* bolted, bucked, etc.
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    04-29-2013, 05:59 AM
Yep, definitely a good idea to reword questions and compare answers. Never know how they might slip up.
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    04-29-2013, 07:07 AM
Yep, I tend to ask the majority of those questions, I think there's only 3 or 4 that I don't ask/don't check for myself.

-The asking owner to ride the horse first.. Definitely, definitely, definitely. Though that is better to be asked before going to the property I feel, as there is circumstances where the owner can't ride the horse, due to injury or pregnancy etc. In which case my favored question is "Can I see somebody else ride the horse?" -Classic example was a Gelding I went to see, I asked the owner over email if she was able to ride him first. She wasn't able, as she was heavily pregnant and high risk, so I can understand that, turns out that was also her reason for selling him. I asked if somebody else could ride the horse first, she agreed, and put another girl who knew him, on first... Yeah, this horses hooves caused him grief, I'm glad I didn't get on first.

^Above lesson was learnt after being thrown severely off an ottb when getting on him first. I should have realised something was wrong before I even got on the poor boy (pain related, he got PTS in the end, due to unfixable damage by draw reins). That trip to the hospital was the most painful, bumpy ride I have had to the hospital to date, and my mother jokes that I can pay rent to the place.
^that's also where I learnt to thoroughly check the entire body for pain responces. I had checked his back/stretched legs/checked saddle and bridle etc.. But I never thought to check his neck, and that was where the problem was.
    04-29-2013, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
Just don't do what I did..Turns out I completely lucked out with mine, but I can only imagine if it hadn't. O.o

I went and saw my mare two days after seeing her ad and calling to make an appt to go see her. I came to a horse that was relatively nice, just kept to herself. Owner refused to let me ride her first, which whatever. I'm usually one to just hop on a horse and go though, lol.

I bought a skinny horse (I felt ahe was being starved, and I still believe such) that cowkicks with intent, a horse that throws her head all the way up to your face, and completely unbalanced to boot. Though, I did see these problems and any kicking was suppose to be an immediate no for me (can't sell as a kids horse if it might kick)..I just couldn't NOT get her. I asked them to load her up in the trailer and paid $525 for her. She wasn't worth that price from what I saw there, but she showed the potential that I'm seeing now. Her trot is finally balancing out, she's gained 100+lbs and still gaining, she's stopped kicking for the most part (will still lift her leg up), and her knees give her more issues than I'd have thought. With more muscling they shouldn't affect her too much, but our first trail ride up a steep hill she almost went down because her knees buckled (over at the knee).

So..I don't have much more input (though around here a few of your questions would be moot point as no one knows), but my main point was to not buy a horse on impulse like I did.

Not to mention..a lot of people around here bought the horse as beginner safe and ended up not being able to ride it, so a lot of those questions they couldn't even answer. I also got a headshaker and one that still grinds her poor teeth (from the track supposedly). I have no idea how to make her stop, not sure if I can, so I guess I'm stuck with it, lol.
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    04-29-2013, 08:22 AM
I have found a beautiful purebred QH started with all these questions and have conformational photos.
    04-29-2013, 08:33 AM
Green Broke
I don't think you should just randomly turn up unannounced at someone's house. It's somewhat rude, and many people's lives don't revolve around horses. I'd be very put out if someone did that, and would likely ask them to leave. However its acceptable to come a bit earlier than expected for an arranged appointment.

It's good to have all these questions, but when you go look at a horse you have a gut feeling whether you like it or not and I think that is really important. Check them over, ask and what not, but listen to how you feel too.

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