I'm currently looking round for my first own horse so I emailed a dealer in Norfolk who has some fantastic looking and sounding horses but out of my budget so I asked them what I should ask the seller. Here's the reply:
Firstly buying private is different from buying from a trader.Like
Buying a car; if its a private sale, if you are mis sold there's
Not much you can do.
Always take someone with you, preferably a experienced rider.
Always see the horse ridden first, preferably off the field.The horse
Should not be tacked up on arrival.
How long have they had the horse? If a trader what type of tests have
They done to prove it is what they say?
See it being loaded,sprayed,hosed,groomed,pick feet out,ridden out in
Traffic,on tracks and away from home.Ask them or take the horse out by
Itself and company,ride front middle and behind.
II the horse does something you don't like, don't be put off if
Everything else is ok, you have to think can I cope with the thing the
Horse is doing?
Generally cobs are lower maintenance then thoroughbreds, so think hard
About this. Shoeing feed and general up keep like rugging are more
Complex.A cob is much easier to maintain!
If you like the horse and the people are genuine insist on a trial, 7
Days is good 14 is of course better.
Good luck, don't buy for looks, buy the horse for your compatibility and
What suits your riding and lifestyle.