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post #11 of 39 Old 03-22-2010, 12:40 PM
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Beware if they the seller tries to put pressure on you to make a quick decision..
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post #12 of 39 Old 03-22-2010, 12:50 PM
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The first thing i look for is do i like the horse? do i like his temperment? I would also bring a more experienced horseperson with me to look at the horse, which my be a good idea for you, then you both can keep an eye out for anyting dodgy
good luck1 and i hope you find the right horse for you! :)

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post #13 of 39 Old 03-22-2010, 12:57 PM
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If you're just going to be using the horse for pleasure riding on trails then breed is completely unimportant and conformation is not as important as it would be if you were planning to show. If anyone says they have a bomb-proof horse that is under ten be wary and if the horse is under four pass on it. Many people don't ask enough of their horses and think that they are more broke than they really are. I would say your best bet is to get a horse between 10 and 20 years old. These horses will have had alot of experience and still be able to go for several years.

Training is what you need to look closest at. If you can't handle the horse as well as youneed to when you test ride then don't think it's going to get any better just move on.

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post #14 of 39 Old 03-22-2010, 03:54 PM
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What to look for when buying a horse

1.) Temperment. Is horse generally calm, uptight, unable to perform a flat footed walk, bolting, etc? Horse should be well behaved on the ground (when you're walking them) AND when you're riding them.
2.) Training. Is horse trained/experienced in what you want to ride? Trail horse? Ask to ride him on a trail - if possible alone and with other horses. Jumping? Jump horse or have your trainer jump the horse. etc... - in other words make certain your horse is trained in the discipline you want to ride.
3.) Health. YOUR vet, NOT sellers, should pull bllod work the day you go to buy (maker certain you ride that day) to ensure horse is not drugged up to be quiet nor drugged to hide lameness. Have your vet perform basic checks on: eyes, ears, legs, hooves, lungs.
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post #15 of 39 Old 03-22-2010, 04:27 PM
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If you're just going to be using the horse for pleasure riding on trails then breed is completely unimportant and conformation is not as important as it would be if you were planning to show. If anyone says they have a bomb-proof horse that is under ten be wary and if the horse is under four pass on it. Many people don't ask enough of their horses and think that they are more broke than they really are. I would say your best bet is to get a horse between 10 and 20 years old. These horses will have had alot of experience and still be able to go for several years.

Training is what you need to look closest at. If you can't handle the horse as well as youneed to when you test ride then don't think it's going to get any better just move on.
great points !!

i just want to add that when you test ride a horse you should ride it like you will when/if you buy it... so if you are planning on trail riding, you must take it out on the trail, not just trot it around an indoor.

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post #16 of 39 Old 03-23-2010, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Been a lot of help so far.

I got in contact with a santuary near here and hopefully be able to get some time volunteering as well as meeting others, which seems like a great first step to me.
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post #17 of 39 Old 03-23-2010, 12:13 PM
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My suggestion...for one you wont be happy with a horse if they just arent interesting to you...

Ive found that when I go look at a horse they either strike me as one I like or dont right off the bat. If you just arent interested for some reason when you first see them your not going to end up getting that horse...

Once you have found one that strikes you in that weird "I already like this one" way then ask if you may catch the horse, lead it, tack it up (if you know how), and ride it.

If your dealing with an honest person and a good horse they should let you no problem. This also gives you a chance to see for yourself if the horse has any vices. The horse may behave for the current owner but if its going to be a snob with you it wont work, especially if your a beginner. Also watch to see if the owner has a hard time Tacking up if you cant tack up yourself. If they have to do anything weird to get the horse tacked then the horse is prob a stubborn nuckle head to some degree.

Also dont mind breed....any breed can be right for your first horse...its just some tend to be better then others. QH are usually calmer but some can be rather rank...just like arabs tend to be hot but ive seen some very sweet dead broke kid arabs too. Focus on personality...not breed.

Last but not least, fallow your instincts. If something doesnt seem right, be it the owner or the horse, dont go for it anyway...human instincts are better then most believe lol


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post #18 of 39 Old 03-23-2010, 02:59 PM
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DO NOT settle...

Look at lots of horses, even tho your really not ready to buy I suggest looking now. Chances are you are going to fall in love with the first couple of horses you go out and look at so if you don`t have the money it`s kind of a good thing...cause then you are not falling in love and settling for the first horse you see!

Good luck! Let us know when you start looking!
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post #19 of 39 Old 03-23-2010, 03:08 PM
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If the horse is being worked when you pull in. Or is tied and already saddled and sweating, turn around and drive away. Seriously, those are redflags that the horse is got more "pep" then they want you to know about.
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post #20 of 39 Old 03-23-2010, 05:23 PM
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What are some signs suggesting the horse really has hit a wall as far as training goes? As in where its at is the level its going to be at the rest of its life.
Hmm I should have made this clearer. My friend bought a horse for barrel racing and she called me up saying he just wouldn't run like his ad said. I took him in to work with him and she was right. He didn't like barrels so in my terms, he had hit a wall. If a horse doesn't like what they're doing, they won't perform to their best ability(in my experience). In that case, I said your horse has "hit a wall". No amount of training is going to make him like it anymore or perform any better so he has "hit a wall". That same horse was sold to a lady who did trail ridiong and he excelled at it.
Sorry for any confusion I might have caused, but I hope I cleared it up now. =)

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