I am currently in the process of buying my first horse, but I am no where near begginner, I am an intermediate rider, border line advanced, and I stay away from any horse that has bombproof written on the ad, or has a one on the scale. I am expierienced enough for a younger horse though, and if I need help, I have it. In eleven years of riding, I have developed a few "connections". Beginners should be looking for their "Old Reliable" this doesn't actually literally mean old, but it can. Some older horses are crazy! Others are the perfect fit. Reliable, is what you want though, the horse should have a history with beginners, and make sure to take an expierienced rider with you. But even we miss stuff sometimes, or underestimate the extent of an issue. I tried a horse a month ago, that I noticed was a little swollen in the left hind hock, but because she looked and rode sound, I didn't think much of it, in the vet chek, it turned up that she had arthritis in that hock, not bad, but as she was only 7, potentially bad. I went back, and looked at all the pictures on the add, and that I had taken and realized that in everyone, if she was resting a foot, it was that one. This doesn't always alarm me, but because of the swollen hock it should have. Another mare I saw advertised as bombproof, was 6, so I went to see her anyway, just to see, and found that she was bomb proof in the walk, and had beginners riding her, and sort if in the trot, but was very green still, and didnt even canter under saddle, this horse I would have bought, but she had a health issue too, navicular. Needless to say, I haven't had much luck.
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