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post #191 of 219 Old 01-29-2014, 08:45 PM
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Buying a horse

I have bought many horses in my lifetime, and sold quite a few too. The key things I have learned for buying (a horse you plan on riding) are:

1) Must pick up their feet
2) Easy to catch (may not be a big deal)
3) Tie good (pulling back can be dangerous)
4) Stand good for saddling and bridling
5) Allow you to mount or dismount from either side
6) Just because they ride bareback doesn't mean they ride with a saddle, and vice-versa
7) Stay away from horses that rear, kick, and are overly aggressive to you or other horses
8) Must be sound (no feet/legs, no horse)
9) Must give to the bit laterally and vertically
10) In good health

Of course, training can fix most of the above things, but remember you get what you pay for. Honest sellers seem to be rare, so proceed with caution. Remember the old saying: "My favorite color is broke". Doctor bills are expensive.
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post #192 of 219 Old 02-06-2014, 11:32 PM
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this is very well done and very true...even for me as an experienced horseman of 25 years i still have alot to learn..especially i have had TBs..morgans..quarter horses etc..and now have two Arabs...they are a whole new experience and make me feel like a complete n00b sometimes lol
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post #193 of 219 Old 02-15-2014, 09:00 AM
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We feel so lucky and fortunate with our trainer. I am definitely learning the do's and don't's of horse ownership. We are leasing now, but at some point may buy a horse. Our trainer will find the right horse for the rider. She travels all over and "trys out/looks at" horses for her riders. She does this all free of charge. She says that she doesn't want to ruin her reputation and she feels like she gets the money back when they board and take lessons with her. It took one person over a year to find the right horse. She won't let you buy a horse if it isn't the right fit, especially if it's for a child.
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post #194 of 219 Old 02-15-2014, 06:27 PM
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Good read, I needed this. Been considering taking on the challenge of a green horse, I'll be doing some more thinking!
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post #195 of 219 Old 06-11-2014, 10:05 AM
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Great post!! I found this after I bought my beautiful 15yo paint gelding, but before I got him I was looking at a " great trail horse" " absolutely stunning" "lovable boy" but he was proud cut. Turned out to be HARDLY green broke, and extremely not what I was looking for lol he took my dad charging through a very dangerous barn full of farming tools and stopped on top of a hay pallet that popped up and almost hit him on the stomach. After that the lady selling him, said that he reared with the last person who came To ook at him... And then she mentioned that he needed a experienced rider... If I had just gone with the " he's soooo pretty!" An said " I can brake him of it!" I would be in a whole lot of trouble!! But I said no and went on to look at a paint gelding. Thank goodness I did!!! Now I have a been there done that amazing trail horse.

"I'm nervous"- me when I was 13 " get on the darn horse now!"-my dad after my concussion in 2011
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post #196 of 219 Old 08-23-2014, 01:03 PM
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I need to get on this board more, I really enjoy sharing and learning. No one ever quits learning.

I recently posted in a thread about horses that bite while trying to mount, and a horse that I bought was quite cheap because he had this bad habit. Easy fix, but to a green rider he was un-ridable. So anyway, some vices can be good if it gets you discounts and you know how to fix them!

By the way, he would try to bite your leg once you put your foot in the stirrup. Big shapy 16 hand dominant horse that scared many people. All I did was slap him very hard with the palm of my hand on his nose, and backed him up about 50 feet. I had to use the back of my hand to crack his chest to make him go back. Sometimes it will take more than once, but most get the message right away. Follow up with praise and if he stays good make sure he knows how good of a boy his is. Like they say, horses learn from the release of pressure, not the pressure or punishment.
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post #197 of 219 Old 08-23-2014, 02:20 PM
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I believe there are many honest sellers. The problems that arise with someone new is that the horse will likely test the waters. The horse often knows where it stands with the seller. Common scenario. Buyer tries horse out in it's home yard. All goes well. Horse moves to new surroundings which is very stressful and some need about 6 weeks to settle in. Newbie is anxious to ride new horse and it goes badly. Newbie doesn't have a lot of experience so feels cheated and lied to when it's not the case. One test I do when shopping for someone else is I have them ride the horse away from the yard a few hundred yards or more, not once but 3 times. If the worst the horse does is stall out a bit, then it will likely work out pretty good with minor fixes.
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post #198 of 219 Old 08-24-2014, 09:24 AM
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I have found that the dominant horses in the pasture are more difficult to train, but the insecure ones have the most issues with being herd sour. Barn or herd sour can be minor things or a major thing. The worst one I tried out was a big grey mare that reared up every time I tried to get her away from the barn. Needless to say, I didn't buy her.

It is a good idea to try to get the seller to agree to take the horse back if it doesn't work out. Any reputable seller will do this within a reasonable time frame, but may want a "re-stocking" fee of some sort.
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post #199 of 219 Old 11-17-2014, 03:28 PM
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the post is very interesting especially for me who is planning to buy a horse
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post #200 of 219 Old 12-06-2014, 05:38 PM
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I know somebody whose had a bad experience recently buying eventers and in particular jumpers. I thought I'd have a stab at making my own little guide and advice... :P

An ideal jumper:
No refusals
Wants to please
Steady pace
Careful feet
Nice canter
Good build
Careful bold jump

That would be an ideal type jumping horse, for somebody who isn't looking for anything too much just something to earn them the odd clear round at a local show. Although a little slow in places, the pony is ready, willing, responsive and most of all has a careful, pleasant little jump that's easy to sit to.

Sorry I felt like having a go Hey ho, it might not be what everybody thinks, and people will look for different things but if you're new, this might be an idea.
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