Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Northern Ireland
Buy the horse you feel 100% safe and confident on, rather than going by looks, breeding, athletic talent etc
Don't buy a horse you think you will "grow into" ie if you are jumping cross poles buy a safe experienced horse that will look after you. Don't be tempted by the amazing jump of a horse unless you are sure you can handle it.
Don't overlook an older horse. One who has taught many people to ride will be more forgiving of mistakes than a green or less experienced horse. As long as he/she is sound.
As mentioned above, don't buy a horse with the intention of fixing any problems, unless obviously you are very experienced. You could end up hurt and disillusioned.
“When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” — Robert A. Heinlein