Buying my first horse -HELP! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Question Buying my first horse -HELP!

I am a college student looking to buy my own horse. I have been riding and leasing for years but I am seeking the advice of people with more horse experience to check out this horse for me. The owner sent me a video of sitting trot. His movement looks good, head down and doesn't seem lame. I would really appreciate it if someone could look at the video and tell me what they think about the horse.

Its a google video link.

Thank you so much.
firsttimebuyer is offline  
post #2 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 03:05 PM
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Gulf Coast
Posts: 2,380
• Horses: 0
I like him, but I would need to see more video. Walk, trot, and canter and without tack on.

Age and breed? What do you want to do with him?

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."
- Maya Angelou
Tihannah is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 03:06 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 7,952
• Horses: 12
I agree with Tihannah. More info needed.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
QtrBel is online now  
post #4 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 08:43 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 416
• Horses: 0
The horse looks fine. But you are planning on riding him, correct? You want to see him get caught, saddled and handled (like picking up his feet). If you get there and he has already been saddled and worked, be careful.
charrorider is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 09:00 PM
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Gillette, Wyoming
Posts: 21
• Horses: 0
Personally I'd NEVER buy a horse that was saddled or tied when I got there, too much of the important interaction between horse and owner has already taken place without you present. Horse LOOKS fine but looks are only a small fraction of the puzzle. There are a million and one questions you need to ask then gauge their responses, including how quickly they respond. Any reason you can't wait until after you graduate to own a horse? During finals are you going to have enough time to care for it?
WYOHorseman68 is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 07:46 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,737
• Horses: 2
Do you have a trainer or someone with an experienced eye to go with you? There's lots of threads on this Forum about the importance of a pre purchase exam so don't skip that step before you buy.

I took my horses to college with me and did just fine. I was involved in the college rodeo team so we had our own network if someone needed extra help during finals, school breaks, etc.

Good luck and remember, "college is important but horses are importanter" lol!
Boo Walker is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
He is a 3 year old Friesian. I want him mostly as a pleasure horse with maybe some low level either dressage or hunter jumper shows. The woman who is selling him isn't very tech savy so I would have to go take more videos.

But thanks for the advice
firsttimebuyer is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
That's a really good point that I did know but I have seen him out at pasture and brought in. He seems very calm and the owner has also mentioned taking him on a few 3 day long trail rides. If I keep him at the university barn they actually will take care chores during midterms and finals. My finals tend to be over in 3 days anyways so I don't think it will be a problem at all.
firsttimebuyer is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buying My First Horse!! (Help?) HorseAndPuggy New to Horses 15 06-19-2018 05:04 PM
Buying My First Horse ((Help) thhorses New to Horses 9 08-21-2013 12:23 AM
Buying a trained horse V investing money in training, and why buying can go wrong! Golden Horse Horse Talk 49 05-26-2013 11:18 AM
Buying my first endurance saddle- Help with horse fit? Sunny Endurance Riding 27 02-25-2013 11:11 PM
Buying my first English saddle- help?? jingojewel English Riding 13 06-11-2012 04:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome