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    07-19-2014, 08:54 PM
Viewing a horse, first time tips and advice?

I have been riding since I was 4 and now at the age of 16 after loaning various ponies at my local stables I am getting my own horse. (I have had one dodgy experience where the horse who's passport was 'not right' so I know to be cautious and make sure the horses passport is up to date and matches the horse - didn't end on very good terms!) However now I have persuaded my parents to continue looking we have (i guess) our first PROPER viewing.
The horse:
She is 15.3, 6yr old Irish Sports Horse. I have seen a couple of videos of her being ridden and doing a bit of jumping and schooling. Also her description is very detailed and according to it this horse seems perfect for me to progress with but safely.
So as far as advice I have gathered from the internet this is what I have:
Arriving 10 minutes early to make sure they aren't drugging her up.
Asking about, vaccinations and dental all being up to date.
Ask to view the passport.
Of course watch the horse being ridden first and if I am comfortable then ride it myself and make sure it does everything I want to do with it.
Tacking up, leading in hand...

Anyone have any other tips or advice? Thanks in advance
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    07-19-2014, 09:52 PM
Another good reason to get there early is you want to watch them 'catch her' if she's out in the field. That way you can see if she is easy or hard to catch. Make sure they show she can lift her feet, all that good stuff. :) Take your trainer or coach with you or someone that knows horses and can be unbiased but knowledgeable.
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    07-19-2014, 10:15 PM
Seconding what Marcie said, definitely take along an unbiased friend who knows horses. Preferably with even more experience than you. They can ask questions you might forget and give you eyes on the ground and see how you and the horse get on.
    07-19-2014, 10:18 PM
Those are all the questions you would ask if your were leasing a horse but buying a horse is a whole other story!!

Ask about health history.
How long have they owned the horse.
How many owners has the horse had.
If you could talk to the horses vet and farrier.
Get a vet check done before buying!!
Is she a moody mare(Extremely important).
How are her feet.
How does she trailer.
How is she with the farrier.
How is the horse with other horses.
Etc etc etc.

I'm also 16 and have gone through the horror of trying to find the right horse, it took me three trys(buying three different horses)and I now have my dream horse but it was very hard! Even with the help of two great trainers and multiple experienced horse people I ended up with a crazy horse and a lame horse before I found Sunny.


And get a trial period!
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    07-20-2014, 08:02 PM
Thanks for the great advice! As far as taking my trainer, I am going to view her with out my trainer first and then if I think she is suitable then I would get my trainer to come and take a look as it is 1:30hour drive and if the horse is no good its a waste of my trainers time. :)
    07-20-2014, 08:18 PM
Always, always make the owner, seller, or whoever is representing the horse ride it first.
    07-20-2014, 08:39 PM
I agree with all of the above! Other things I ask:
-what does he/she eat?
-how is she in heat?
-has she every foaled?
-how is she away from home?
-how well does she get along with other horses...
-out in the pasture?
-how often is she shod/trimmed?
-at what age was she started under saddle? And if really young, how hard was she ridden?
-find out things on her siblings
-what are her vices?
-I always ask: If you could change one thing about Susie-Q what would it be?
-and "What is the best thing about Susie-Q"?
-also "Why did you purchase Susie-Q?" or breed if it applies
-"why are you selling?"
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    07-20-2014, 11:06 PM
Take an experienced horseperson with you. Even if you are quite experienced yourself at assessing different horses, another exp'd pair of eyes & opinion never hurts.

Don't turn up 10 mins early. Make it at least half an hour - if they have any idea, they'll expect you early.
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    07-21-2014, 12:33 AM
^^ they will expect you (and drugs take a while to kick in anyways). If you really want to know whats up show up even an hour before just drive by and see the place -- you can tell A LOT by the way their property looks -- and then go have lunch or whatever before the scheduled time.
Also I never handled horses at all before I saw the owner do it, not even lead them out of the paddock, not only is this good for safety concerns but also to see if the horse looks lame.
Most sellers will not let you do a trial period do not be turned off or offended by this simply understand that they are just as concerned with you and the horse being a match as you.
Also I didn't get a PPE because my trainer has 30+ yrs of experience and can count on one hand the horses she has had go chronically lame. AND as many horse owners know horses can hurt themselves any number of ways, a PPE is only an exam for that day not what will happen tomorrow
    07-21-2014, 02:23 AM
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Vaccinations will be in the passport.

The best advice I can give you is to take someone who knows your riding ability with you to assess the horse and you riding it.

Arriving early is never a bad thing but, any dope if given, would be before 10 minutes.

Have the horse vetted. It is more and more common for a vet to draw blood when vetting, one phial is given to the vendor and the other the vet keeps. Of the horse goes lame or shows untoward behaviour when you have it home the blood can be tested for dope or drugs.

Ride the horse as you like. Try it on the roads and out on its own leaving the stables. When roding it away from the stables be a bit of a passenger just to see if it will try to turn back.

Do not agree tour chase straight away, say you will think about it. Offer a reduced price, subject to vetting.
Go with the idea that it is one of many you are going to look at.

Have fun
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