Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: the very rainy state of Virginia
• Horses: 0
Hey, there! This is a great forum to get advice from! If I remember correctly, a member posted a very detailed 'Buying Sheet' in the Horses For Sale forum to fill out when looking for a new horse. A very great reference sheet to help you find the perfect mount!
The only advice I have for you is to make sure of the following:
- Look for a horse that is your riding level.
- Buying older horses is perfectly fine as long as they are sound and able to perform the discipline you ride.
- Always, always, always get a PPE (pre purchase exam) done by a trusted vet before committing to a horse.
- I recommend getting the owner to ride the horse a few laps before hopping on.
- Ask LOTS of questions. As many as you can.
- If the horse has any major behavioral problems or health problems, RUN! Unless, of course, you have the ability (or a trainer) to work through the problems.
My horse was bought as a problem horse (unknown by me at the time of purchase since he was a gift) and it took a lot of consistency and patience to get him where he is today. While I was still learning to ride, I was also learning to be a trainer which was a great experience but not completely recommended...I obtained the hands of a bomb technician and the seat of a very seasoned rider! A lot of blood sweat and tears (and hospital bills) went into training that horse and, unless you're willing to commit to that, I say steer clear of problem horses.
Over all, find a horse that suits you and your abilities and also one that clicks with you. Good luck with your horse search! :)
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