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post #1 of 16 Old 01-17-2010, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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How to buy a horse

What are the things I need to do? How do I research things? I'm looking for something in classified, preferably around or less than 1000 dollars. My friend breeds very good duns and roan QH. I'm not sure what to get--but I adore Arabians. How do I know they're healthy or not? I know I want them broken. I'd prefer not to train them, but is there a way I can train them partially if they have basics down, and work them? What is the best way to get money for them, and where is the best place to keep them? I know you have to be careful where to board, and I'm contemplating keeping the horse at my uncle's ranch, but it is kind of far away. Also, what about trailers, transportation? Is it better to buy or rent? Sorry, lots of questions.
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How much experience do you have caring for/riding horses? If not much, then you will need a quiet beginners horse. This is the main thing to look for when buying your horse, it doesnt matter so much about breed, colour etc. Do you have an experienced friend to help you look and travel with you when looking at horses? If not, many riding centres offer this service and it can be great for someone who is new.
As for the health side, get a vet check! and if you are skeptical about anything get a second opinion.
It may be an idea to trial a horse before you buy it, that way you know its definatly what you want before you spend a large amount of money.
Leasing a horse can be great to gain experience on, especially if this is your first horse. Its up to you really

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What is the best way to get money for them
Im not sure what you mean by this, do you mean payment methods?

If you dont have an area to keep the horse where you live, you will need to look for somewhere to board it. I cant offer much advice with this as ive never boarded a horse, but many people on this forum have and will be able to help you.

Do you know anyone with a trailer that could help you transport the horse? Maybe your uncle? If not, depending on where you live, there may be horse transport companies you can use, especially if the horse is coming from quite a long way. You can also hire floats, however if you've never used one its best to have someone experienced with you, as there are many things that can go wrong with transporting horses.

ETA: Do you get lessons? If not, i highly suggest it. You can gain experience caring for/riding horses quite quickly, alot better than if you were trying to learn alone, which i would not suggest
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-17-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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I have relative expereince. I do have some friends that can help me, but I'm in general going to be looking for an experienced horse. I've been around horses that are unbroken and untrained, and it is NOT fun.

Yes, I mean payment methods. I'm thinking renting a trailer for transportation purposes, but my parents think -well if we're going to be using it a lot we might as well just buy one-.

And yes, certainly I get lessons! I'm taking 'official' lessons now, which are a bit of Western/English. Mostly English leaning, because my MD makes things difficult, although I've been trail riding a lot in Western with some older friends who breed horses, and I've had some experience, but definetely not a ton.
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Before you even consider buying a horse, be sure and have everything else sorted out (like where you are going to keep it and how you will provide for it). Your uncles ranch sounds like a good idea if it's not to far away, but talk to him first. You need to find out what he would expect of you as far as caring for your horse and using his land. If that doesn't work out you will need to check out your local boarding barns and see how much they charge and how much they provide. I get a pretty good deal at my barn, but boarding can be pretty expensive. At my barn I am responsible for feeding my horse every meal he gets, we all go in together and buy round bales of hay in the winter...basically though, I do everything for my horse. They have full board barns, though, if that's what you need although you will find them more pricey. You can also pasture board horses...which is a little less expensive (I don't know prices in your area sorry), but they must have hay when there is no grass. You have to think of these expenses before you can decide wether or not you can afford a horse. Besides boarding, also consider the cost of feed, hay, farrier, tack, deworming, vet bill (especially vacinations, teeth floating, coggins). LOL, wow after reading this back I know why I'm so broke . Finding the right horse for you can be very challenging. You may have to look at many before you find the right one. Hold out until you find one that really suits you. Show up half an hour early at your appointments...that way hopefully they won't have time to ride them before you get there. Sorry if I sound skeptical of people, but while my sister and I where horse shopping we found a lot of dishonest people and met a lot of unsound and crazy horses. Make sure the owner rides first!!!! Watch carefully while the owner rides and make them go through all gates. You would be surprised what even a beginner can notice while watching someone else ride. My sister and I have went to see "sound, child broke horse" and after the owner rode, we decided it was to dangerous for either of us to ride . I don't want to scare you or anything, I just don't want you to get on a horse without seeing it rode. I learned these tips through trial and error. She purchased a couple of horses with serious issues before we learned these things. As for transporting...the owner may be willing to bring him to your location with some gas money to boot. As for your research....of course you can go online, I bet you could learn a lot from your ranch uncle, the library is great too, but nothing is better than the advice you can get from experienced horse people. Sorry for the novel, I guess I'm just windy tonight . Gl!
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Thanks for all of the information, I don't mind at all if it is a novel!

So, how does the boarding work then? Is it better to do a fullboard and have them pay for the feed, hay, even the vet sometimes, or to pay for all of that ourselves? Is it cheaper when it's all added up, or when all in one package with the fullboard?

My uncle's ranch is about two hours away. It isn't /that/ bad, considering it's family and I can stay there a while, especially in summer, but I feel my horse would get neglected there. My cousin living nearby is a farrier, and I trust he can provide that for me, however I'm still unsure.

I also am considering buying from a friend of mine that breeds, but I'm all really unsure.
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Yes, I mean payment methods. I'm thinking renting a trailer for transportation purposes, but my parents think -well if we're going to be using it a lot we might as well just buy one-.
Oh, lol, I thought you meant how to pay for your horse

Here's an article on boarding:
Types of Horse Boarding - Boarding Your Horse
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-17-2010, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well that too!! I do need a way to pay for my horse, somehow. Just..I was wondering how all these horseowners are able to afford all of this! What kind of work they do that provides for this!
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Do you have any experience with horses? Ever taken lessons? A reputable lesson barn is a great place to learn all those things and more.
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I do take lessons and I help with pony rides (without a carousel) and a petting farm, which includes all the setting up, saddling, etc and all.
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LOL, well I have a minimum wage job that pays for my horse (I get paid 8/hr, but when I got paid 7.25 I just worked more hours). But, I also have a veeery tight budget. 1k will buy you an excellent beginners horse no doubt, which since you don't really know what you're looking for is the best way to go. Make sure you bring your trainer when you look at any possible horses, or another trusted horse-knowledgeable friend.

The best thing to go off of when you look at possible boarding places is your gut. If you get a bad feeling, don't board there....but pay attention to the little things too; are things clean (or as clean as they'll get with horses around) is there ample turn out, or are the horses are jumbled up together in a little paddock? Do they throw hay into the paddocks or have a hay roll if there is no grass? How big are the turn out groups? Meet some of the other boarders and staff to get a sense of the atmosphere (is it rushed and grumpy or nice and relaxed?) also consider boarding based on your goals as a rider (are you showing or just hacking around on trails?). I read somewhere that you shouldn't board more than a half hour from your house, because it will discourage you from visiting your horse. If you're only going to see your horse when your family stays at your uncles during school breaks and whatnot and you don't have the time during the school year, I wouldn't recommend getting a horse.

Unless you plan on showing every weekend, I would recommend just renting a trailer.
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