Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
ok, some things I recommend to all beginner ish riders;
1)get someone experienced to help you, that knows what you want and will tell when a horse is wrong for you. Then write out a list of things you must have, and things you would like to have, vs things you will not have. Read the "buying a horse" thread(its somewhere on this site). Then get the experienced person to read it over. It might read something like:
-Well broke, beginner safe
-quiet temperament, not spooky or reactive
-no buck, bolt, rear, barn sour, buddy sour horses.
-good ground manners, easy to handle, good with feet, no kicking, striking, biting.
-experienced on the trails.
- under 15.2hh
- trailers well
CAN NOT have
-buck, bolt rear
-kick, biting, striking
-pushy on the ground
You get the idea. Stick to the list. Don't look at horses that are missing must have qualities or that have 'can not have' qualities. At all.
2)don't rush, you have time. Always look at more than one. Don't buy from sellers you get a bad feeling off of, or are inconsistent with their info. If you go to see a 15.2hh paint, and you see a 14.1hh pony , be wary of the seller.
3)stick to your list and don't let the seller push you around. Don't fall for the "other buyers are coming to see him", or "we've had lots of inquiries". If they are pushy, I suggest backing up a bit and taking a second look.
4) vet, vet, vet!! Its very easy these days for a seller to drug a horse, or lie to a buyer. Get a good vet check, and not with the sellers vet.
And most importantly LOOK WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT YOUR HEART. Don't fall in love with a horse until it has past your list, your experienced friends judgment and a thorough vet check.