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post #1 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for getting a first horse.

Hi guys I have been riding for about for years and started doing shows this past summer, now and I have started to research and learn about owning my own horse, I have even started to do the Equine Canada Federation western riding levels, and have my first test this friday. And im starting to save up (lucky I have my own business and I have been open a year so im slowly able to save up now).

Anyways as someone who has only had lessons what would be some good books you recommend, good websites, or forums, maybe even you-tube channels you can suggest for someone looking in to getting their first horse (who will be bit less and barefoot trained in positive methods). Im hoping to get a horse with in a year or year and a half. I do have some ideas for boarding, but no I dont have land to keep a horse so either the barn I take lessons in or at a friends small boarding barn.

Also any advice you can give me would be great, things maybe you would have like to know before getting a horse or things you didn't even think about till you had to go trough it etc.

Thanks! (I am asking this in a few diff groups so sorry in advance if you see this more than once).
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 08:04 PM
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I like the Natural Horse Magazine. They have good stuff on there.

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 09:09 PM
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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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post #4 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 09:36 PM
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I was nervous to buy our first horse (and I'm way older than you I'm guessing), so we ended up leasing. We are leasing two lovely horses, and the fringe benefit is the owner of the barn where we board is also the horses' owner, and she's been super helpful. I think leasing is such a great way to ease into horse "ownership". Even if you end up buying, find a boarding situation in which the barn owner (or other staff) can help answer your questions.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 11:28 PM
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Don't unless you are independently wealthy!

-My biggest advice, don't be in a hurry to buy your first horse. Get in a hurry when you buy a horse and there's a good chance you'll end up regretting it.

-Try out a lot of horses, the odds of you finding your perfect horse the first time isn't good.

-Don't let yourself or the horses owner pressure you into buying a particular horse. Be mentally prepared to walk away from every horse you look at.

-Any red flags? Walk away. Only go back after a good long think and talking it over with knowledgeable horse people about if you can live with those red flags.

-Set a monetary level you can live with for a purchase price before shopping and stick with it.

-Figure out what the cut off line is for good vs. bad horses per breed/discipline before shopping. An example for where I am: My riding is trail riding on TWH's. If I see one priced below $2,500 then there's likely problems. I wont let the price stop me from going and looking (might be a great deal too) but that is my first red flag.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-31-2016, 11:39 PM
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All of the above.

I would suggest thinking about what you want to do with the horse and then look for a bomb proof, been there done that, easy going horse that likes what they do.

An opinion from someone very experienced is a good idea. You may not see the conformation, training or behavior problem that an experienced friend would.

Good luck!
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What you need is a mentor. Mentor first. Then horse.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-01-2016, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so far for all the advice everyone :)
I am 21 if anyone was curious, and yes my trainer (which is the barn owner where i ride) will be helping me a lot, and I have quite a few horse friends who have their own horse. I show in western please, horsemanship, trail, barrels and pole bending so I know what i would want to do and some what what to look in a horse. One that can do everything, but doesnt have to be "perfect" at all of it. The horse I currently ride is 8 years old and I have ridden her since she was 5 (though I have ridden 6 different horses at my barn, but she and I work great together so I mostly ride her). I know most people say to get a old bomb proof horse, but thats the one thing im not sure. I think i would like my first horse to be no older then 10. But anyways, thank you so far XD
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-01-2016, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Avna View Post
What you need is a mentor. Mentor first. Then horse.
I do have many people to help me out and "mentor" but im not "seriously" looking now, just researching and saving up so I thought I would learn as much as possible before I even begin my search. And the riding level test do teach a lot of horses, thankfully.
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