Questions & procedures prior to buying a horse:
Ok so im going to buy a horse now, if i dont 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.
The foolish reject what they see, not what they think,
The wise reject what they think, not what they see.
Last edited by OliviaMyee; 04-29-2013 at 12:41 AM.