We unfortunately will not get to see the horse til next week.
What are some questions I should ask? What do I need to look for?
When you are looking at a horse. Do not be shy to ask anything you want. The people are selling the horse, they should be able to answer any question you have. Don't be shy. And what you really want to look for, well because I am a VERY picky person when it comes to horses and looking at them, because right now people send me out to look at horses for them, at rescues and all. And well I've been VERY succesful and mainly what I look for is:
-Clean STRAIGHT legs.
- Nice body. Not over weight. Not under weight.
-Nice feet! You don't want a horse who has nasty feet who has a possibility of lameness, foundering, anything like that.
-and ASK them to get on the horse. Never get on the horse first if you don't clearly know the horse. Me, I have alot of expirience so I get on the horse and do what I do with any horse. Im very strong and deep in the saddle. But for you, if its your first horse,etc. Make sure you ask if they can get on the horse and show you what the horse is like on its basic movements (walk, trot, canter possibly, backing up, halting.)
Just really the most important thing is, is that you get ALL information on the horse from the owner. Ask about its previous home, if he/she had one. Ask what he grain does he eat (this is VERY important to know because if you quickly mix the owners feed with your feed IF YOU GET HIM: he can get sick, you slowly introduce him to the new feed if its different), ask how he is with other horses, how he is with certain kind of bit does he ride in, saddle size that's best for him. Anything that comes to mind. ASK IT.
Hope this all helped!
And make sure to show us some pictures as well! And even videos if you can!