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post #1 of 22 Old 04-03-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for when buying a horse?

So I am looking at a horse for sale tomorrow, and haven't looked at a horse for years! I was wondering if some people could give me some advice what to look for, what to ask, what to do with the horse etc.

He's a 14 year old, 15hh ASH. Apparently he is really quiet, good with lots of things etc.
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-03-2012, 11:25 PM
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More than anything temperament and attitude. That's my biggest thing to check out. Ask to watch the horse to be tacked up (that was a big mistake for me. When i bought Ke he didn't take the bit I later found out once I brought him home. ), as to watch him being ridden and to ride him. (I met a horse once that i got along with but was not the mover for me. He was terribly uncomfortable and wouldn't of worked with my arthritis). To me its important to check the horses coat. Healthy looking coat means healthy all the way around. (The same can be said about people too)

I ask about:
likes dislikes
trail quality
showing behavior
Favorite food
And what ever generates a question, catches my interest, or must be asked.

That's just what I look for personally, hopefully this will help. :)
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-03-2012, 11:27 PM
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Do you have a trusted "horsey friend" or instructor/trainer who could accompany you? Having that uninvested third-party assessment can be invaluable in a situation where you (general you, not specific) may get so caught up in the moment as to overlook or gloss over faults.
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In my opinion,the most important thing you can do is get a pre purchase vet exam done on the horse,then have an experienced rider go with you to test ride the horse.
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You want to make sure they are a good mover. The legs are moving straight not out or weird. And make 100% sure the seller of the horse rides it first. If they dont they are afraid of it and its not the horse they claimed.
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Subscribing, I'm also interested in hearing about this.
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post #7 of 22 Old 04-04-2012, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter View Post
You want to make sure they are a good mover. The legs are moving straight not out or weird. And make 100% sure the seller of the horse rides it first. If they dont they are afraid of it and its not the horse they claimed.
Excellent advice!
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post #8 of 22 Old 04-04-2012, 06:30 PM
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I go for conformation first, so the horse is reasonably built to do what I need it to do. If it passes that, then attitude. If I'm looking for someone who wants something to trail ride with, then I hope it can start stop, go right and go left. Beyond that is all gravey.
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I guess I'm just a practical guy that doesn't want a horse to drive me to the poor farm so the first two things I look at are its diet and feet. Just those items can make the difference between a low maintenance, easy keeper and one that is going to make your feed store, vet, and farrier very happy.
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