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post #1 of 34 Old 07-18-2015, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Trying out a horse

I'm not totally new to horses(I've owned them for over 9 years on and off) but the only horses I've looked at were unbroken and then four others were free rescues so I didn't look at them much just to get them out of their situation.

How would you go about trying out and riding a horse your considering for purchase?

My plan is to watch the owner saddle and ride the horse a bit then try it myself if I feel it's safe. I'm a very nervous person and getting on and riding a strange horse it going to give me ulcers lol. Any more advice for me?
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post #2 of 34 Old 07-18-2015, 10:02 PM
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Go out and look for a beginner safe horse. Yes, watch the owners then have them un tack and let them back in a field. Then go do it all yourself. If you feel anything at all is off then pass and move on to the next one.
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post #3 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 09:11 AM
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I think you already have a good assessment of your ability and personality to know what you are looking for. There may be several horses that meet the right training and safety level for you but that does not mean that they are all "right: for you. Of course you want to watch the horse being ridden but before you try them spend as much time as you can on the ground getting to know them. There is no point in try a horse if you are to nervous so when you do ride find the safest place (ring or round pen) and only do what you are comfortable doing. be honest with the seller. Most are just as concerned about the sale being a "good match" as you are.
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post #4 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 10:07 AM
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I would ask for a trial. When shopping, I had owners agree to both a 2 week and 30 day trial. During the trial, I had the horse evaluated by my vet, trainer, and farrier. I was able to see his temperament outside of his normal environment and how he handled new situations. This particular horse went back because of issues found by the vet and saved me the heartbreak of buying a pasture pet that I initially thought was a great buy. I ended up doing a free lease instead on a great horse that I have no obligation to keep should I want something different later.

The best thing you can do is bring people in that can help you make an informed decision and evaluate the horse, i.e. trainer, vet, or someone with a lot of horse buying experience.
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post #5 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm booked to see two and am on my way to see them now. Wish me luck.
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post #6 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 04:25 PM
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Good luck! Test out anything and everything they were advertised to do. When we went horse shopping, that's what we did. When we found the 'winner' he was advertised to w-t-c, ride bareback like a champ, ride double, go through water, stand ground tied, and be pretty much unflappable. I tried every single one of those things with him and more, and when he proved to be what they said we was, we took him. But there were many before him who were not what they were said to be at all. We saw one mare who was advertised as a total kids horse, very quiet and willing, w-t-c, no vices, etc....got there and first she spooked at the saddle pad, then when I asked her to move away from her buddies at a WALK, she promptly let out three violent bucks and nearly threw me off.
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I know that you've already set up for two viewings, but for future ones I'd suggest that you work with a trainer, especially since you're a self-proclaimed timid rider. They will give you a better idea of whether or not a horse is suitable for you. :> Just a thought!
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post #8 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 07:35 PM
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I agree that it can help you, take a trainer or some other professional horse person that you trust, to try a horse you have screened already, for the final step

Don't arrange for an exact time, so that you can watch how that horse is to both get out of the field, and ride, without first being lunged or ridden down
If the horse is already saddled and tied up when you get there, be suspicious, as that horse might be hard to catch, or already has been ridden that day

Try the horse out for intended use. This is very important. So often I hear of someone buying a horse, after only trying him out in an arena, and then try to ride that horse out, and find that the horse all at once is very different outside of his comfort zone
This applies to a show horse also. Watch him at an actual show, as many burned out show horses, or arena sour horses, will work fine at home, but will cheat , balk, etc ridden in an arena or an actual show situation

Make a list of what you want in that horse, before going to look, and then don't compromise
List might include
-gelding
-well broke
- easy to catch
-good trail horse, both ridden alone, or with other horses
_good feet
- no medical condition that needs to be managed
- loads and trailers well
-accepts standing tied solid
- good attitude
(can add many other things,and then also decide which things you are willing to compromise on, and which not )
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post #9 of 34 Old 07-19-2015, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well I only got to see one horse and it was DEFINITELY not as advertised. Said to be a 5yo horse that anyone can ride. Took us twenty minuets to catch him and when the person got on he was threatening to buck every time his heels touched to his side. And after looking in his mouth that horse was closer to a 15yo than 5yo. So needless to say I passed on that one.

Unfortunately the other horse I was to see had a deposit placed on it just an hour before I went to see him. Oh well I'll keep my eye out for others.
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Well I only got to see one horse and it was DEFINITELY not as advertised. Said to be a 5yo horse that anyone can ride. Took us twenty minuets to catch him and when the person got on he was threatening to buck every time his heels touched to his side. And after looking in his mouth that horse was closer to a 15yo than 5yo. So needless to say I passed on that one.

Unfortunately the other horse I was to see had a deposit placed on it just an hour before I went to see him. Oh well I'll keep my eye out for others.
Same for me. I went to see a horse a couple weeks ago described as very calm and easy going. This horse could not stand still in cross ties and pulled back almost every time you went to touch her. When the owner got on to ride, she struggled getting the horse under control and claimed it was because the horse wasn't used to being ridden there....at home, but normally wasn't like that. When I rode her, she spooked at a patch of dirt! Thanks, but no thanks! There are much scarier things out there than a patch of dirt, and I'd prefer something with a clearer mind to handle those situations! I'm sure you'll find something better soon!
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