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post #1 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, in the next few days I will be going to look at some horses we may purchase and I was just wondering what generally happens ( An egyptian arab yay!)? These are at private peoples houses not auctions or anything. So if someone could tell me some questions I should ask the seller about the horse, and are there any tests I should do with the horse (obviously ride it) but like picking up its feet ect. Anything else that happens when you go to look at a horse. Please help! :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 10:04 AM
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Hey the very first thing you should do is ask if this horse has ever done anything out of place or still does anything wrong aka kick bite etc you should yes ask too look at his or her feet aka pick them up also see if you can groom the horse and pick his or her feet get a vet too come out and vet check the horse if you like it.. Or if your a bit out of pocket take an experienced friend with you that would no what too check for.... Im also a beginner and looking for a horse.... Sooo yehh I hope that little bit helped... I also herd you should get a blood test done too see if the horse is 100% healthy etc. Hope that helped a bit inbox me if ya like :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 10:08 AM
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Well, Congrats for getting an Arab
I would want to see the horse in different situations, how it behaves in stall/ pasture, around other horses and people. Have the owner tack and ride first, watch for general behavior, any quirks, like pinning ears when saddled, etc, then ride yourself, of course. Ask what the horse has done so far, trails, shows, schooling.
If you like what you see, schedule a PPE, with a vet you know and trust, to rule out health problems before purchase.
Take pictures, might help you decide.
Good luck, and have fun
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 AM
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Can you have permission to talk to their vet about it's past history. Some people will and others won't. You can ask all the right questions, but you never will know it is the truth really. Also, can you take horse on a 2 week trial, or come for a couple weeks to their property and play around with the horse. TBO I'd rather buy a used car from a used car salesman than deal with some horse sellers. Not all, but you need to have your eyes wide open for what they are not telling you.
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou for all the information! It really helped even though I had some notes already. But I have a problem, the owner of the horse is actually pregnant (reason of selling) so she would not be able to ride, do you think I should still ride anyway? I'm hoping she has a husand or child that can ride. But yes thankyou heaps!
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-19-2012, 09:47 PM
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Take an experienced friend with you and let him/her ride too, for a second opinion and for you to see the horse under saddle.
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post #7 of 14 Old 12-20-2012, 12:05 AM
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first off...ask does the horse have bad habits...kick bite rear or buck or run off...buddy ring or barn sour? Clip without twitch...load, bathe...tie pick up feet all easy and without issue and watch them do all of this...don't hesitate to ask them to do these things because your putting out your money...ride in the arena and ring..is the horse good riding by itself...is it spooky?? Looking around alot or listening to you...ask if the horse needs shoes or special shoes or can go barefoot or needs injections to stay sound? Is the horse on calming agents(this is important question see if the owner/trainers stutters in this response) ....ask if they would consider a lease on your property or barn or at your trainers if you keep insurance on horse for duration of it if not...ask why if you are willing to keep insurance? Next if you like the horse vet the horse with YOUR vet...at least do basic vetting for soundness but if you can pay for further then get bloodtests and X-rays expecially if your spending more like on a show horse...whew that's about it.
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-20-2012, 07:45 AM
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Three questions I always ask that are out of the norm
What do you like best about this horse?
What do you like least about this horse?
What makes this horse worth your asking price?
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-20-2012, 08:05 AM
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Be sure to have a neutral vet do a PPE.

Ask a out past experience- shows, trails, etc. Where they bought the horse from, why was he for sale. Has he had any pro training or lessons.

Is he registered, and what registry.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-20-2012, 10:11 AM
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the vet fees are cheaper than being stuck with a horse not fit to do what you planned on doing. Buying horses really blows. So many liars out there. I honestly don't listen to much people say.
Couple warning signs, horse tacked or sweaty when you get there, an excuse for why they wont ride it, refusing a trial period. Lots of people on this forum are fixing to have a hissy fit and point out how "Impossible" it is. But Id never buy a horse without a short term trial period. At least time to take it to the vet, farrier and ride it once or twice. It's a buyers market and if the sellers refuse move on to the next one. Plenty of people that will.
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