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post #1 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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What to expect from seller?

I'm currently looking for a new horse and I don't know what to expect when I go see/try the horse.
I've leased a 12hh Welsh pony when I was younger and I recently had a wild caught brumby mare we had to sell but we didn't buy her, he inherited her.

I'm now horseless and on the look out for another horse. I've never actually bought a horse. What can I expect from the seller? What are important questions I should ask them? Should I look at the horse one time and then go back another time for a test ride? And anymore.
I have a very good idea of this topic but just asking for tips.
I'm not a beginner. I've been riding for many years. I'm looking for an alrounder.

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post #2 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 05:23 AM
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A few things.

Take someone, trainer preferably, with you so your heart doesn't rule your head.
Go early morning so they don't have time to work the horse and any beans out beforehand.
State that you want to groom and tack the horse up.
Have the owner ride the horse beforehand- you can acess how the horse moves, any bad habits it has and then decide if you feel happy getting on.
Don't listen to a word the seller says. Take the horse at face value, ride it for as long as you want, do what you want etc.
If you REALLY like it, I always suggest riding a second, third or even fourth time.

Get a vet check done. Don't move the horse off the sellers yard, even if they offer, and use a different vet.

Good luck :) If I think of anything else, I'll add it!
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post #3 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you a lot! I didn't think of the 'going early morning' idea! Good tip! :)

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post #4 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 06:10 AM
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Also, exchange mobile numbers.

As a seller, and buyer, I have been left fuming by no shows, and my yard is hard to find, or when I run late I like to phone the people.
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post #5 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ok. Thank you ! :)

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I'm currently looking for a new horse and I don't know what to expect when I go see/try the horse.
I've leased a 12hh Welsh pony when I was younger and I recently had a wild caught brumby mare we had to sell but we didn't buy her, he inherited her.

I'm now horseless and on the look out for another horse. I've never actually bought a horse. What can I expect from the seller? What are important questions I should ask them? Should I look at the horse one time and then go back another time for a test ride? And anymore.
I have a very good idea of this topic but just asking for tips.
I'm not a beginner. I've been riding for many years. I'm looking for an alrounder.
All really good advice above, especially the early morning one! Always take someone with you - buying a horse can be overwelming, so its good to have someone with you to remember the answers to the questions, and the questions for the answers. Good luck, don't be in a rush, the right horse will be out there somewhere. For more advice look at our website...Choosing a horse
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post #7 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Where I come from I won't have much of a choice anyway. Not many horses for sale around here.

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post #8 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 10:42 AM
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Well don't settle since there isn't a lot of choice. Lease if you can't find the right horse for you. I bought a mare that I wasn't a huge fan of but she and the gelding I loved had been together forever so I just bought her too. We really didn't like eachother. Time didn't make it any better. Just sold her and my horse experience is a thousand times better now.
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post #9 of 33 Old 03-17-2012, 02:27 AM
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I found lots of useful websites that had all of the standard questions to when buying a horse and more that I wouldnt have thought of. Then I wrote down the ones I wanted to ask and took the list with me as I always seemed to forget them otherwise. It helped me to make notes next to the questions while they were answering them so I could go back to them later. A number of times I asked the questions over the phone before viewing and found that from their answers the horse probably wouldnt have suited me which saved my time and theirs. Also having those answers before viewing the horse gave me an overall picture of the horse first and a few times it was quite obvious that they hadnt been completely honest with me. If I was the seller then the more questions the person asked the better, it would tell me that they had done their research and knew what they were looking for.
Make sure you are always on time when viewing a horse and if you can't make it let them know well ahead of time. I always turned up a little early and surprised a few people that were busy lunging or riding the horse - needless to say I didnt stay for long!
Be honest with yourself in what you want and follow your head not your heart! Good luck : )
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post #10 of 33 Old 03-17-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you heaps! Do you know any of these websites?
Yeah surprisingly i'm not a person who falls in love with a horse straight away so i'll have no problem with that :3

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