Purchasing a Horse
Important steps before you buy a horse:
- Decide what you want to do with your horse
- Determine what level of rider you are
- Arrange for or build a safe place to stable your horse
- Decide who will feed and care for your horse
Important questions to ask before you buy a horse:
- What experience do you have in the horse industry?
- What experience do you have in my chosen discipline?
- Who else have you helped and what kind of success have they had under your guidance?
- How are your fees structured?
- What references do you have from other professionals?
Important questions to ask when you have found a horse:
- How much has the horse been ridden during the past year?
- Who has ridden the horse the most — trainer, amateur, youth?
- How easy is the horse to handle after being turned out for a while and not ridden?
- What kind of equipment has been used?
- How much training has the horse received and in what areas?
- What type of feed and roughage does the horse eat and what is its feeding schedule?
- Has the horse ever had any colic episodes?
- How often is the horse dewormed or shod?
- How does the horse react?
- Does the horse have any vices? (i.e., cribbing, biting, trailer shyness)
- How often has the horse been away from home and what is his behavior in different surroundings?
- And the best question — Why is the horse for sale?
If a horse seems like a good prospect, and meets your approval through the evaluation process, you may want to arrange to have a purchase examination performed by an experienced equine veterinarian.