I'm looking at a horse TOMORROW what are some Q's I should ask
Like the title said tomorrow I'm going to test ride a horse. What are some questions I should ask? And yes if I really like him I am going to get a vet check ;-)
I dont know if you have asked these yet but these are questions i would ask....
And without knowing riding style and all that those are just general questions i would ask.
Are you bringing someone with you who is experienced and knowledgeable to help you out with the decision? Like a Coach?
Well, first off, is this horse a mare or a gelding? A stallion, even? Whatever it is,
-have they been bred?
-If it's a mare, how many foals have they had?
-If it's a stallion, are you interested in who it's been bred to?
Also, any health problems? Ever been lame, coliced, etc.? Health concerns? Does he/she need specific vitamins or medications? If so, what for?
Vet/Farrier records...any show records...records in general, I suppose.
What has the horse been trained in?
That's all I can think of off the top of my head, I don't go about looking at horses, but this is what I'd make sure of doing. Always know what you're buying.
*edit: Find out if the horse is registered. *
I agree with everyone above ^
Also, you should ask what their quirks are and what they like/dislike. You should also come by some other time on short notice to make sure the horse has the same demeanor you first visited it with.
Ask them why they are selling the horse, how long they have had it for and if they know about its history.
Watch how the owners handle the horse and how the owners ride it first. Write a list of all the things that you want to look for/ask before you go there. On the spot I tend to find that I forget about all the questions I wanted to ask. Maybe even take down their responses if you think they are likely to forget.
Ask how much he is fed right now, and look around where he is kept. You can judge his condition on that a bit.
Bring someone else knowledgeable with you. Sometimes you can overlook a lot of things if you like a horse.
Watch them catch the horse and handle him. To me, it's a red flag if I go to look at a horse and they're working him under saddle (granted, I don't own a horse, and this only happened once when I actually got to go look at a horse, but still...). Too many people get "dead broke" horses who turn out to have been dead broke because they were so heavily doped on tranquilizers they were barely standing.
Lameness/colic issues, as mentioned - I didn't know much about the past of the gelding I owned for a while, but a very knowledgeable friend told me he'd had laminitis a year before I got him - he had wavy growth lines on his hoof wall. How well they're trained - said gelding was supposed to be fairly well trained; he wasn't. How he handles the farrier, vet, trailer, clippers, washrack, new situations, trail riding, crowds, etc. Is he safe for small children to be around (you might not be planning to have him around small children, but it's something to indicate his temperament, and you never know, the occasion might arise).
Don't fall in love with a pretty face. Some of the prettiest horses I've ever known were fruitcakes once you got to know them.
I don't mean to sound rude or condescending or anything (to be honest, it's 1 am, and I've no idea what I'm even still doing awake), but if you're asking us what questions to ask, it'd better not be a stallion - if you had the experience to handle a stallion, you'd know what to ask (I know what to ask, but I'm not sure I'd want to put up with the bother of having a stallion).
Um...pedigree. Is he registered? Write down his pedigree information and do some research. Take a camera along and get some conformation shots and some shots of him under saddle.
Of course, the most important question is one only you can answer: is this horse suited for you? Will he fulfill your requirements? Do you want something you can bop along on trails with, or a serious show competitor?
Right. I'm turning off my computer now and going to bed. Eighteen solid hours of consciousness is too much.
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