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.