Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
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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