Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
A first horse is a fantastic experience. Looking at their teeth, hooves, etc are good places to start but only if you know what you are looking at and for. If the horse is registered, you will know it's age without trying to figure it out from their teeth - but, checking their teeth for signs of cribbing is a very important thing.
The very best advise I would give a first time owner, is to take someone very knowledgeable with you; a trainer, not just someone who has been around horses for a time. A trainer will best be able to judge the horse's movement and attitude. Secondly, have a vet check your prospect over and talk to the horse's farrier.
Lastly, buy with your head and not your heart. I've seen so many buyers end up with a nut case because the horse came over to them and put his head down for you to scratch or follow you around like a puppy - but then the horse became a terror when he got to your home. Go to the appointment at least 1/2 hour ahead of time which will prevent the seller from injecting the horse ... one last thing, insist that the horse be brought in from the pasture (or out of the stall) when you get there - you want to see how the horse behaves when being caught and saddled.
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