Before you go and see a horse, be sure you feel right with the person you’re dealing with, whether it’s a dealer or a private owner.
Ask the questions YOU want answers to.
Don’t accept a fob-off, or a ’sideways’ answer
for e.g. If you ask: Is he quiet in traffic? Then you want a definite ’Yes.’
If they say ’Well, he goes out with the other horses’ - that is not telling you what you need to know.
If the answer is not favorable, then most people will try to avoid answering it, rather than lying outright.
Listen to that common sense voice inside!
NEVER be pressurised.
If they say ’Oh, there’s someone coming tomorrow’ or ’there’s someone else really interested’ then tell them that’s fine, the ’someone else’ can have him!
There is no hurry. Don’t get Buying Fever
We breed and sell, and in one case we exchanged more than fifty emails over 3 months before the sale was completed.
Re buying from a website: It can be done with confidence - and equally you could end up with an expensive mistake.
A flashy website with lush pictures and dreamy descriptions is no guarantee of a sound horse or an honest dealer. It could just mean they have a good website designer.
This is really helpful but totally random hehe. Thanks though!!
I say ALWAYS get a vet check
This checklist has PAGES of questions you can ask. Very detailed.
:) Great random bored. Great for first buyers...
first buyers should also always take an experienced buyer with them that knows how to spot shady deals... i.e. - drugged horses, major lame issues, etc.
Also do your homework. Ask around and see if anyone knows that buyer or horse. See if there is any history on either one of them. Also can you pull up old records on that horse(if he registered). Do some research on the market. Be familiar with the price range for what training, breed and age.
Doing some basic homework, will allow you sniff a scam or someone who is not being honest with you and allow to move on to someone else or another horse without getting yourself in trouble.
"A flashy website with lush pictures and dreamy descriptions is no guarantee of a sound horse or an honest dealer. It could just mean they have a good website designer. "
we were looking for a small wesh ony a while ago and there was a nice pony great video she puled a cart and everything so we talked to the owners and bought her. when she was shipped to our house she was a mess her main was tangled and she kept kicking the stall. when we were riding her she would rear and buck. long story short listen to the advice!
If their hooves are jacked, assume they're irresponsible and worry about what other neglect the animal may have had.
Or at least question them about it.
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