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post #11 of 13 Old 01-15-2018, 12:33 PM
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That picture doesn't really show much. Like the others said, you'll need to go out and see him for yourself. I'd bring someone more experienced with you. You can't really go off a picture.
It's a big decision. I say, if you really are interested in him, go out, take a look etc.
You may look at 10 different horses before you find the 'one'. It's fun looking for a horse, but you do should definitely do a PPE before you buy any horse. At least, IMO!

What are you interested in doing with the horse? Any type of discipline? Have you rode before? Etc. All of these questions should be answered following looking for a horse.
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-15-2018, 10:44 PM
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I agree, the picture doesn't tell much about the horse. He does look nice, but it would also be great to get video clips (if you can) of his movement, and maybe some conformation pictures as well. When looking for a first horse, it is strongly recommended to bring someone that has more experience with horses, like a trainer for example. How new are you to horses? Are you just starting out? Have you taken any lessons with a trainer? What would you like to do with the horse? Purchasing a horse is a big decision, and commitment.

What helped me was writing down my own goals with riding, and my own checklist for what I wanted in a horse, temperament, age, what the horse has done before, etc. Then I would write done my budget for said horse. I would look for horses in my budget range, no more, no less. When I found a horse I was interested in, I would contact the seller, asking for more information about the horse, as well as pics and videos of the horse in motion. Then, I would relay the info to my trainer to get her opinion on said horse.

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post #13 of 13 Old 01-16-2018, 08:58 AM
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I think he is SUPER CUTE. If I were searching for a first time horse, his photo would definitely have me interested in getting more info. I would start by sending back some basic questions to the owner such as:

Is he registered?
How old is he?
Has he had any previous injuries?
What is his experience level? (for the rider - beginner, intermediate, advanced?)
What is his experience level? (for the horse - green broke? trail horse? Show horse? If so, what level?)
Has he ever been shod?
Is he up to date on his shots?
Can you come see him? Can they send you a picture of him being ridden? Can they send you videos? Can you test ride him? (if they say no to a test ride then walk away).

Those would be basic starters. I'd also ask for a price.

But from just that picture. Sure, I'd ask the questions to get more info to help make a decision.

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