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        01-29-2014, 08:45 PM
      #191
    Foal
    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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        02-06-2014, 11:32 PM
      #192
    Foal
    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 now..as 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
         
        02-15-2014, 09:00 AM
      #193
    Foal
    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.
         
        02-15-2014, 06:27 PM
      #194
    Foal
    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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