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        02-01-2009, 09:56 AM
    Originally Posted by nolahcontend    
    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!
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        02-01-2009, 10:02 AM
    A few that I can think of:

    What is the horse's age?
    How long have you had him?
    What were his previous homes like?
    Why are you selling?
    How would you describe his personality?
    Is he suitable for a beginner/intermediate/advanced rider?
    What have you used the horse for?
    Does he have any bad habits?
    How is he with other horses?
    How is he with the vet/farrier?
    What feed has he been on?
    What kind of pasture - left out all day or stalled up?
    Does he trailer well?
    What discipline was he trained in?
    What kind of bit does he use?
    Any health issues?
    Current negative Coggins?

    Like someone else said...make sure you have the current owner/handler ride him first. That way you can observe from the ground and be safe. Look for limping or signs of distress. Also look to see how he is under saddle, if he seems comfortable or is trying to take the lead. See how he moves & reacts. I also did ride 2 of my horses after the (now former) owners rode them. Gave me a chance to see how they felt with me up there with my skill level. (Both previous owners were smaller & thinner than me & had more training than I did)

    Take your time & good luck!
        02-01-2009, 10:12 AM
    If you want to get a good relationship with your horse companion, don't ride him/her all the time. Just spend time with him/her, to show ''its not all about workin''. Take some time, mabey to teach him/her tricks.
        02-01-2009, 08:47 PM
    I went to see the horse!

    Long legs, lean body(he has been trained as a jumper, and any other sport, used in english pleasure)
    Really gentle!

    I will probably be going back to ride him tomorrow.
        02-02-2009, 01:49 PM
    Originally Posted by nolahcontend    
    I went to see the horse!

    Long legs, lean body(he has been trained as a jumper, and any other sport, used in english pleasure)
    Really gentle!

    I will probably be going back to ride him tomorrow.

    That's great! Make sure to take some pictures! Sounds nice! What breed is he? Did you ride him? :) good luck!
        02-02-2009, 02:04 PM
    How was he? You have my curiosity engaged
    I didn't bond with Vida. I went along for the ride with my husband when he went to look at a horse. I grabbed one out of the herd, threw a saddle on her and took off on a 2-3 hour trail ride. Struck a deal for 2 horses got them in the trailer and drove her home. I guess I got lucky.
        02-08-2009, 08:55 PM
    Well, I went to ride him, and he didn't do well at all...

    Where I ride there is alot of different terrain. He was tripping over every thing...

    He is a hunter/jumper, very spooky just walking down the road...

    We decided to keep looking.
        02-10-2009, 03:04 PM
    Oh really? Were his feet in good shape? Sometimes when their feet are long, they could be the cause of it also. Have you looked at any other horses?
        02-14-2009, 12:27 AM
    I knew my horse was the one because a fire lit up inside, and it made the relationship I had with every other horse I knew feel dull and shallow.

    I know he is really the one because, at the end of the day, no matter how many things he did that were "bad" the things that were good will always stand out more, even if the "bad" seems considerably more significant. For example, if he tried to buck and run out while cantering it wouldn't matter. It would matter that when the mare was standing at the fence, and I rode him by her, he didn't flick an ear in her direction or shift his focus from me.
        02-15-2009, 12:58 PM
    Originally Posted by chelssss(:    
    Oh really? Were his feet in good shape? Sometimes when their feet are long, they could be the cause of it also. Have you looked at any other horses?
    His feet were in good shape.

    I found another horse ad on a website.... I hopefully will get to see her soon, if the owner hasn't sold her yet.

    She is not as tall, which is better. She is 10 instead of 14. She is trail ridden instead of barely ridden, like the other horse.

    My dad is going to call the owner today.

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