Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
All great advice above. When we bought 15yo "Tyke", (TWH/QH, 1970-1998, RIP), 1985, he had been a teenagers horse that she had lost interest in, and when I tried him I felt very confident. BUT, I didn't have a trailer yet, so I paid a girl where I was renting pasture space to get him from there to me. I went with her, and she took her good old time loading him, with the assumption that he might be trouble. It looked like she had studied with CA bc she led up to, then away from the trailer, then loaded just his front feet, and waited, then backed out. It took her about 10 minutes to load him. He was no trouble, but she didn't know that.
It is ALWAYS wise to be careful. Get a trainer or experienced friend to run through everything with this horse, from tying, to grooming, to feet, to backing him, to riding him, and keep that person there to give you a few lessons on your new horse.
This girl showed her two QH's and I had a lot of respect for her. She didn't talk much, but demonstrated her knowledge and wasn't interested in criticizing you for what you didn't know, just interested in helping, if asked.
Look for someone like her to help you out. =D