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    04-04-2012, 10:29 PM
Bring someone with you that is a horse person I know someone who went out and bought their first horse with out help from a horse person. Well to say the least they bought a less then stellar horse. The horse is conformational train wreck and not even very well trained. To top it off the horse has gone blind the mare she was out of went blind along with others in her pedigree. Now all the lady has is a pasture pet she can't ride got one year of riding out of the horse.
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    04-05-2012, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
I went to have a look and liked him a lot.

But he's quite underweight and is going to take a lot to feed/muscle him up.

I'm tossing up whether to offer a lot less than asking and then spend the time or walk away. What would you do?
    04-05-2012, 11:28 AM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
I went to have a look and liked him a lot.

But he's quite underweight and is going to take a lot to feed/muscle him up.

I'm tossing up whether to offer a lot less than asking and then spend the time or walk away. What would you do?
If all he needs is feed and workout, but he rides good and is a great horse on the ground too. Try to give a cheeper offer.

If there is more then just weight and muscle issue maybe keep looking. Don't settle just ot settle get what you want.
    04-05-2012, 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
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.
You didn't say what you wanted him for? Ensuring their soundness is a given regardless of why you want him/her, anything else would depend on what you want them for, specifically. For me, personally, I really, really put a lot of weight in if I "click" with him/her. They can be a dream at everything, but if I don't feel that "thing" for which there is no word in the human language other than maybe "click", I know he/she isn't for me.
    04-05-2012, 07:49 PM
Do a vet check!!!! I brought 2 trainers with me when I went to look at a horse, we bought that horse thinking it was sore in his back, but really he was navicular....luckily the owner took him back when we called her about it.

Also, make sure the horse is suitable for what you want to do.
    04-05-2012, 08:30 PM
Green Broke
Yeah I am definitely getting a vet check regardless of what horse I buy. People say its not worth getting a vet check for cheap horses, but I think it especially is as they are the ones most likely to have hidden problems. But if I spend $200 on a vet check, $300 to truck the horse to where I live that makes a cheap horse a fair bit more expensive, so I want to be sure.

Its my opinion that you don't really "click" with horses until you know them for a while, but you can ride them and spend time with them and judge whether they're suitable and compatible. I think, when in condition, this horse could be a lot of fun for me, as he is good at things I want to try, and things I already I know I can train myself. In fact he's probably everything I am looking for except for age and condition. I'm just a pleasure/all rounder. Trail riding, bit of jumping, bit of dressage, I want to get into some sporting etc. I don't really compete much.

But I wanted to get a horse I can ride immediately, rather than wait a month or two for them to put on weight and muscle.
    04-06-2012, 01:15 AM
Well, I hope he works out, sounds like he could be a great match! Its interesting the difference in how some people determine "click with". For me its pretty fast. I will spend enough time, if I can, to see if "we click" before a vet check...and I guess others give it a good while. Interesting!

Good luck...its always sooo exciting to get a new family member!
    04-07-2012, 10:07 PM
Saskia, I'm also horse shopping, and I'm like you where I don't really feel the "click" with a horse I'm trying out, either. I mean, there are some I like more than others, but usually due to some fact about them (age, size, whatever) rather than personality. My friends tell me I should feel butterflies, but I don't feel that until the purchase is nearly imminent. (I've had two horses fail vet checks, which while it's a huge disappointment, shows me that it really is worth the $200 bucks to avoid a "cheap" horse with lameness issues.) Anyway, I sympathize. I'm SOooo over the horse shopping, and want to get to the horse owning stage soon!
    04-08-2012, 12:47 AM
One quick way to check for attitude is to gently place your hand on their face and press backward. You want a horse that quietly backs up or gives to the pressure. You don't want head tossing or pushing right back into your hand. You want cooperation rather than defiance. Head down is better than head UP!

If the horse needs weight and conditioning, WHY does he lack weight and conditioning? If it's a lack of groceries, did the owner stint on regular vet care, vaccinations, worming, foot and mouth care also? Any of those can create expensive problems. Can the owner give you a record of vaccinations and wormings?

Beware of easy keepers unless you have a dry lot. Too often, they are easy keepers for a reason. Worrying about every mouthful that goes down your horse's throat is a major pain.

Make sure your horse has feet and legs appropriate for his size. You do NOT want dainty little feet...give me dinner plate size any day.

Make SURE the horse's conformation and movement matches what you want to do with him. Thoroughbreds make lousy barrel racers! LOL

Don't get hung up on a color. Good horses come in all colors. That being said, I've always loved grey horses, but I've learned that grey is a disease waiting to break out. I'll never own another one.

I have had a horse "click" with me before I ever put a hand on her. I was in a big barn one day looking at horses and every single time I looked, this horse was looking at me. I tried her and bought her subject to a vet exam. When I hauled her home, she came to me at a run the next day when I called her by her new name. That horse chose me. Unfortunately she failed her vet check, my husband insisted I return her and I cried for weeks. I STILL regret losing her. It's rare, but it does happen so don't discount it.

Good Luck and happy Hunting!
    04-08-2012, 12:56 AM
I like to touch the horse and mosey along to the hindquarters and pick up the tail. If the horse is quick to pull it back that's a good sign that he's not full of drugs. If so they usually present a dull eye a well. If he passes the vet check you will get to spend wonderful time with him honeing his groundwork during his weight gain. Keep in mind he could wind up full of spunk. That is sometimes why horses are kept on the thin side. When you groundwork is solid it should carry over in to saddle work.

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