Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I JUST talked to a 50yo woman who wants a horse, lives on rural 10 acres, grows alfalfa and needs a good baby sitter, so I'll give YOU the same advice.
You NEED a trustworthy horsey friend to help you shop.
The market is in the toilet, and they are lots of good horses out there and very few buyers. It's a BUYER's market, so be VERY PICKY!!!
Agreed--no pics of under saddle, it's not worth the phone call or the trip.
The price of a good horse won't be super cheap, but right now it's all over the place.
My advice? Look for your first safe horse with the care you would take looking for a marriage partner, and REALLY mean it.
Look for best conformation possible, but temperament and good training trumps a small conformation fault. Still, people sell their horses that keep going lame.
I would look for a horse ~10-15yo, with a show history. That way, your new horse will trailer well, be good with their feet and shots, and of course, be quiet being tacked and ridden. Spooky is NEVER acceptable for a novice rider. Horses are just TOOOOOO big and heavy to be unrealiable.
You never know when and where you'll find him, your gelding--yes, avoid mares--I fell into my great mare in 2008, but I've owned 7 mares/35 horses in my lifetime, and only 2 were good tempered.
FINALLY, take your time. You won't miss out on good riding. All you will avoid is a trip to the E.R. bc of purchasing the wrong animal.
I should add that "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) was an Arabian. Loved him, but Arabs are the Border Collies of the horse world.
Last edited by Corporal; 04-02-2013 at 01:04 PM.