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post #1 of 10 Old 09-29-2010, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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What to know/look for in buying a first-time horse?

Hello, I'm starting this thread because I'm very interested to know what I should look for in a horse if I want to purchase one. I also wanted to know what I should know and have prior to owning one so I can give it the best start and life I can. Thanks!


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post #2 of 10 Old 09-29-2010, 11:39 AM
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Hey there! There are a million different ways to reply to this thread, it might be easier to tailor a response to your situation if you give us some more details such as:
-Your experience with horses and riding
-What you would like to do with a horse
-How you plan to house the horse (i.e. Boarding, friend's farm, own place)

Give us some more info and there will be plenty of people that can offer advice on here!

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-29-2010, 11:47 AM
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Buying a first time horse?

Breed doesn't matter. Color doesn't matter. Height doesn't matter as long as you don't go too small. Age doesn't matter unless the animal is at death's door.

For a first horse what DOES matter is that it's kind, forgiving of newbie mistakes, easy to get along with, sound, sane, healthy, and completely trained and as bombproof as you can get.

Pretty is as pretty does, and a good horse is never a bad color or breed.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-29-2010, 12:01 PM
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Buying a first time horse?

Breed doesn't matter. Color doesn't matter. Height doesn't matter as long as you don't go too small. Age doesn't matter unless the animal is at death's door.

For a first horse what DOES matter is that it's kind, forgiving of newbie mistakes, easy to get along with, sound, sane, healthy, and completely trained and as bombproof as you can get.

Pretty is as pretty does, and a good horse is never a bad color or breed.
As always great advice!
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-29-2010, 12:08 PM
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make sure you know what you are getting into before you buy the horse, make sure its a good match for YOU, not anyone else, I've seen so many people buy a horse and the previous owners make it sound like its a good match for even though the horse might be dangerous.

I suggest having a trainer or a very knowledgeable horse person come with you too look at all the possible horses to look over conformation and personality of the horse to see if it would be a good first horse for you.

First horses should be "push button" horses. They should teach you, you shouldnt have to learn how to ride as well as teach the horse new things. But then again, im not sure if you ride horses alot or new to the whole thing.

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I'm just starting out on the whole horse thing. I've never ridden before, I have cared for horses for only a year, and I'm still learning things.


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I would suggest hook up with a trainer and work with them for a while (lessons and such) THEN decide if you still want a horse.
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I would suggest a lease horse. Lease to buy could also be a good one for you. That way, you still have time to decide if you really want to do things with horses (after dealing with their fantastic ability to take our money... haha). The horse should be willing, and as others have said, be fit to YOU. Take time to get to know the horse BEFORE taking him/her home.

Find a good trainer that can work with you for lessons and such and take them horse shopping with you. I would also recommend a vet check, but I guess it really depends on what you are doing. For example, if you are getting trail buddy, a vet check wouldn't be at the top of the list like it would be if you were buying an eventer.

Don't settle with the first horse you lay your eyes on, look at many horses before you decide. In the end, if you've looked at 4 or 5 horses, and a picking one even though it doesn't seem right for you, KEEP LOOKING. It's a buyers market, plenty of horses are for sale, so DON'T SETTLE just keep your eyes peeled and you'll find the perfect horse for you!

Most importantly have fun! Horses are such a joy and I'm happy that you've decided that you want to join the party! Good luck!
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I would suggest waiting a while to purchase. Gain some experience with horses under careful instruction, increase your general knowledge base and ability to deal with unexpected situations.

Ultimately it is your decision when to buy of course but horse ownership takes considerable knowledge unless you have constant access to an experienced trainer/friend who can help you out whenever you need it.

Good luck!

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-06-2010, 06:29 AM
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HERE IS A BUYING GUIDE FOR YOU ....

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