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    08-02-2013, 04:30 PM
Originally Posted by Flipper    
Never new that! Learn something new everyday indeed!
I learned when my surprise colt was born a red dun lol
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    08-02-2013, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
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:
MUST have

-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


-stocky build
-certain color
-no cribbers

CAN NOT have

-buck, bolt rear
-kick, biting, striking
-pushy on the ground
-over 15.2hh
-soundness issues

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.
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    08-02-2013, 04:48 PM
I agree with the other posters that you should enlist a professional to help you. Many of them will charge a small commission fee (usually 10-15%, depending on your area) but it is absolutely worth it. They can help you find a horse that suits your needs, and they typically have a bigger arsenal of horses of look through (through other trainers, word of mouth, etcetera).

Where will you be keeping your new addition? Beginners should really work with a trainer, as even the most well broke horse can develop bad habits.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind ;)
    08-02-2013, 04:49 PM
I like the look of the first one and it seems like he might be rather experienced in spite of his younger age. Do you have a trainer/instructor or an experienced horse friend that you would trust to go with you to check out these horses?

I think the first one is at least worth a look, though I wouldn't advise something as young as the second for an inexperienced rider who is looking for a trustworthy horse to take on occasional trail rides.
    08-02-2013, 05:12 PM
Remember that it's important to visit a horse at least twice before you decide to contact a vet for a pre-purchase exam. You may find that the horse was perfectly behaved on the first visit, and on the second he tests your boundaries, or something to that effect. It also helps to have someone with extensive horse knowledge to accompany you and take pictures/video of you riding, so you get a good idea of what the horse looks like under saddle. I also ask the owners to ride so I can watch.

If at any point a seller tries to rush your decision or questions your desire to visit a few times before making a decision, it's probably a good idea to look elsewhere.

Good luck!

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