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    02-19-2013, 11:22 AM
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Weanling
Buying A first Horse

I've been thinking lately that I'd like to own my first horse, but I don't have very much expirience in training them, so I'm not looking for a green horse. I've been riding on the trails for a year now and can w/t/c without holding onto the saddle horn for balance. I have ridden green horses before(a friends horse) and have been doing well but I don't really want a green horse for my first horse-owning experience. So, do you guys have any tips on what I should buy or just tips in general?
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    02-19-2013, 11:28 AM
  #2
Trained
Get a horse that's a little older (10-15 is a good age), with plenty of miles, that you're comfortable with. Don't look at color (common mistake with a lot of first time owners), look at personality, soundness/conformation and training. Try the horse out before you buy, and make sure to have a pre-purchase exam done before buying. If you have any questions about a particular horse you're looking at, feel free to ask on the forum for help. We can offer an unbiased opinion on a horse for you, especially conformation.

One other thing...read up on the basics of conformation before you start looking at horses. That way you'll be able to spot something off, then can use the forum as a reference as to if what you're seeing will affect the horse's long-term soundness, etc.

ETA- Decide what you want in a horse before starting to look. Decide what you want to use the horse for and then look for a horse that suits those needs. For example: if you just want to trail ride, forego looking at show horses, as they'll be overpriced for what you want and probably won't have the right training. Also, decide on how much you can afford before starting to look and don't look outside your budget.
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    02-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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Showing
Good for you for knowing that you're not ready to take on the challenge of a green horse.

Breed isn't important, but you're going to want to look for an experienced been there-done that type of horse for whichever discipline you choose. Those horses are generally older, and in the double digit ages. If it's trail riding, then you'll want a horse who is fine with going out alone or in a group.

I would advise you to take some lessons on your new horse since you've only been riding a year, and although you seem able to sit in the saddle, it doesn't appear as if you have any real idea how to ride properly.

That's not a bash; you just don't know what you don't know. None of us did when we were first starting out.
     
    02-19-2013, 11:44 AM
  #4
Foal
In addition to what others are saying, consider taking along a trainer or someone with a lot of horse knowledge to act as a second pair of eyes and to assist you in making the right decision.
     
    02-19-2013, 04:28 PM
  #5
Weanling
Hey guys thanks for the help! I was actually planning on looking at this horse: Paint Quarter Horse For Sale
And contacting the owner to see if me and my trainer could come in and see the horse and watch them ride her and handle her ect...
But she is 20 and I have no clue how good her conformation is.
     
    02-19-2013, 05:22 PM
  #6
Foal
Please take what people say about bringing an experienced person with you when buying a horse to heart! I just helped a client find a horse and we looked at probably 40 horses before we found the right one. Unfortunately many sellers are not beneath lying about anything! I really do not mean to scare you but there is a reason they say "buyer beware." They become frustrated because they can't find a buyer for their horse so they hide their problems. Many of these people sounded so honest and sincere. My best word of advice is to find a horse from word of mouth. A horse that you absolutely know its back ground on. The best of luck to you! It is a wonderful experience. Also my vet said look people in the eye and ask them questions directly. He said he has found that many people have a hard time lying when asked directly. So go ahead and ask, "Does it buck, rear, run away with you etc. " "Is it lame or have health issues."
     
    02-19-2013, 05:27 PM
  #7
Foal
Great looking horse! I would Ask why it only says "Will make an excellent pasture pal or trail horse" to rule out any lameness issues.
     
    02-19-2013, 05:51 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by lococheval    
Great looking horse! I would Ask why it only says "Will make an excellent pasture pal or trail horse" to rule out any lameness issues.
If the horse has been a show horse and jumping all its life (relatively speaking), the owners may be looking for a retirement home for the old gal.
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    02-19-2013, 06:36 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by lococheval    
Great looking horse! I would Ask why it only says "Will make an excellent pasture pal or trail horse" to rule out any lameness issues.
I was wondering that too, we will see when we go out to see her.
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    02-19-2013, 06:38 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by lococheval    
Please take what people say about bringing an experienced person with you when buying a horse to heart! I just helped a client find a horse and we looked at probably 40 horses before we found the right one. Unfortunately many sellers are not beneath lying about anything! I really do not mean to scare you but there is a reason they say "buyer beware." They become frustrated because they can't find a buyer for their horse so they hide their problems. Many of these people sounded so honest and sincere. My best word of advice is to find a horse from word of mouth. A horse that you absolutely know its back ground on. The best of luck to you! It is a wonderful experience. Also my vet said look people in the eye and ask them questions directly. He said he has found that many people have a hard time lying when asked directly. So go ahead and ask, "Does it buck, rear, run away with you etc. " "Is it lame or have health issues."
Yes, I would be really foolish not to take someone along, I'm going to talk to the owner of the barn I ride at to ask for her advice and if she'll come out to see her with me.
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