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post #1 of 9 Old 08-06-2011, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Questions to Ask the Seller of a Horse?

Hello! Recently I have been looking for a horse to buy. The only horses that I have ever purchased have been with my trainer, however due to recent unhappy times, we have been looking for a horse by ourselves. I was wondering, what kinds of questions do you ask the seller when you go to look at a horse?

And just a side note. Thank you all for your advice! It really helps me out when I don't have a lot of more experienced horse people to talk to! So really, thanks a lot!

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-06-2011, 11:22 PM
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-06-2011, 11:28 PM
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First question should be how much does he eat. Kidding aside, ask amount of training, what experience level of rider can handle him, any medical issues, show record, behavior issues, how is he around other horses, how is he to tie, how does he handle vaccinations, farriers, dogs, traffic, clippers, bathing, trailering, etc. Then after you asked all those questions, don't really believe the answers, check the horse out thoroughly yourself & get a vet check.
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Thanks!

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How old is the horse?
Is it registered?
Why are you selling?
What level training has it had?
What level experience should the rider have?
What type of tack is used?
Can I speak with the trainer?
Has the horse been shown? If so, what type of show?
Is it UTD on vaccinations? What were the vaccinations?
What is the worming schedule? What type of wormer is used?
Have there been any injuries lately? Within the last year? Within the time you have owned the horse?
Are there any health issues?
Has it ever had any type of surgery (other than being gelded if male)?
When was the last teeth float?
Can I speak with your vet?
Can I take the horse to my vet for a pre-purchase exam?
What is the schedule with the farrier?
Are there special trim or shoes? If so, why?
Are there any hoof problems?
Can I speak with your farrier?
Does the horse load in a trailer and travel quietly?
Does it load in either a straight or slant load trailer?
Does it bath and clip?
What do you feed in the way of grain and hay? How much of each do you feed?
Do you feed any type of supplement and why?

If you are going to look at more than one horse, have the questions already printed out. Have a space for the horse’s name, breed, age, sex, the owner’s name, trainer, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Write down the answers so that you don’t forget. Take a camera to take pictures of the horse. Take a friend with you so that they can take pictures or a movie while you ride.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-07-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Wow thank you! I'll make sure to print out a sheet of questions!

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-07-2011, 01:33 AM
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Following is a few questions (some will have also been covered by DaraT) that should be asked and the idea DaraT re having a sheet per horse is great - Remember to follow up re vet, farrier, trainer, previous owner etc. To make sure that what you are being told is the truth and don't decide on the spot no matter how much the seller pushes you.
  • How old is the horse. (Teeth, brands, papers)
  • How long have you had it
  • Why are you selling it
  • Where did you buy it
  • Who from
  • Is it sound
  • Is it suitable for a learner rider
  • Has it been ridden regularly? How regularly
  • When was the last time it was ridden
  • What does it get fed, when and how regularly
  • does it buck and does it have any vices.
  • Does it have to be lunged prior to mounting.
  • Is it aggressive towards other horses
  • What is it like in traffic
  • What is it like to load and float/trailer
  • What is like to shoe and who is the farrier
  • Does it shy?
  • Can it jump
  • What is it's breeding. Has it got papers?
  • Is it branded? Check them. Remember 1 over 9 can mean 1 year or 11 years old etc.
  • Does it tie up solidly?
  • Who broke it in?
  • Have you had it re-educated. Who?
  • What ability of rider was the owner when they purchased it and now?
  • When last inoculated, wormed, teeth done, drenched for sand.
  • Which Vet attends the horse.
  • How many years has it been broken in?
  • If a mare, is it a problem when on season?
  • What is it like to worm.
  • What is its personality?
  • Is the horse a member of a Pony Club, Assocaition etc. and which one.

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andů.what is your return policy?
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-07-2011, 09:56 AM
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also, not sure if anyone has said this already but be sure to see other ride the horse, and ASK TO SEE THE PAPERS!!!!! a lady i know bought a horse without seeing the papers and come to find out when she gets papers (after purchase) horse has some genetic diases! good luck :)
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