Originally Posted by FlyGap
Try the horses out more than once, do not be conned by sellers who randomly mention that they are showing the horse in an hour etc...
Watch the sales ads carefully. Research people who list several horses frequently, not saying traders are bad (bought two from them) but you never know if they are filling you up with baloney like used cars salesmen...
That is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago while I was searching to buy my first horse. I found a great sounding ad in the local buy-sell bulletin for a dead broke palomino mare. Seller gave all the right answers to my questions and said "You won't find a better horse anywhere, I can't take any less than $600" and insinuated that he would take her to the horse sale that weekend, so I rushed down to see her.
On my way, I called my horse expert friend and she advised me to be careful b/c there was a horse trader in that area who did her wrong in the past and was extremely rude when she declined to buy the horse.
So when I got there, he was very friendly and accomodating. Then I began riding the mare and he told me "Now there's a lady coming in an hour who already told me that she's going to buy the horse if you don't". And kept on about how she was the best horse in creation. When I told him "I appreciate your time but I can't make a for sure committment today", his disposition changed like a light switch!! He became rude and told me I was wasting his time and snatched the reigns out of my hands.
Turns out it was the same man my friend dealt with!! There really are tons of decent people out there who will take their time and work with you. Look at a hundred horses if you have to, but don't let someone pressure you :)