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post #1 of 5 Old 09-03-2012, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a horse!

Okay so I have a horse of my own right now, but the way we got him was a little bit different then going out and finding a horse. So I was just wondering what questions do you ask when going to look at a horse? Is there anything I should try to do with him to see how he does? Help!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-03-2012, 08:51 AM
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Hi and welcome to HF!

When looking for a new horse you need to take into consideration his temperment, personality, how he is to handle, groom, tack up, ride- out/jump/dressage/barrels/copmetitions? (whatever you want to do with him); is he good to shoe/catch/load/check teeth/vet visits; has he had any previous lameness and why; does he have any 'vices' like weaving, windsucking/cribbing (check his front teeth for signs of wsuckers/cribbers), box walking, etc.; Is the horse on medication or suplements for anything, what-why-since when-is it working...

Visit the horse a few times (meby add a suprise visit if you think he may be doped or whatever) before purchase and go through the motions with him (make sure the owner does stuff first just in case the horse is a nutter!!)-
-catch (does he move away or towards you in the field, buddy sour?)
-lead (bargy/lazy etc)
-groom (nippy or grumpy? lets you pick his feet up?)
-tack up (girthy? difficult to bit?)
-lunge if you want
-mount and ride in various places (spooky/ too forward/lazy etc do you enjoy the rides)
-hose down/bath (always useful to know it they dont mind the hose pipe!)
-feed (how are his manners?)
-lead back to field (again, manners)

When buying a horse the most important thing to consider is what you want from the horse. If you want a horse you can just hop on and go for a ride with minimal faff, a green broke 4 year old wont suit you. Or if you want a challenge or a horse to bring on and train yourself, a 15yr old school master wont fufill your needs.

Some people find their ideal horse first time they go out, others don't find them for several months of searching. And just out of interest how did you find him if you didn't find him in the 'normal' way? Just curious :) I didn't find Alli in the 'normal' way either!

Hope you have loads of fun with your new horse if you get him!!

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-03-2012, 08:56 AM
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Definitely ask what feed they're getting. If they get grass and how much and how often. Any health issues or problems. What kind and how much training it's had. What kind of work it's done.

I would work it some and see what issues come out. Lunging, yielding, picking up hooves and anything I would consider normal for where the horse is said to be in its training.

I haven't had to test out a horse yet because we already knew most of the horses we have or knew already what their training was like.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-03-2012, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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okay thank you guys! thats all helpful and OwnedByAlli, I got Joey the a non-normal way because I moved to a different barn and joey had just been bought by that barn off the slaughter truck and he was mean and awful to ride and they put me on him and i didn't even know how to canter and from the time i meet him, i fell in love with him and we started leasing to own. its not to weird, but i never asked any questions because i didn't even realize what i was doing. but he's a great boy now! :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-03-2012, 12:42 PM
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another thing, if the horse is caught And saddled when you get there, that may be a red flag. I like to be the one to go out to catch and saddle the horse so i can see how the horse is on the ground.
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