Buying a Horse for the First Time
You need a horse to ride – check out these horse buying tips
Whether you are buying a horse for the first time for fifth time it still requires a lot of work. You are looking for a partner, a horse which will take you to the next level and a horse that you will be dealing with on a daily basis. You do not want to make a serious mistake and end up with years of misery. You are looking for enjoyment out of your purchase.
First and foremost, you want a horse which will do what you want it to do. Thus if you are interested in horse jumping and are buying a horse you will want to enusre yourself that the horse can jump. Also, if you are looking for a horse which can jump don’t buy one that does not like to jump. Of course all horses can jump to a point but you are looking for one that loves to jump. This is where the ride comes into play. Horses can look good in the ad but once you ride them you will quickly identify if the fit is correct or not. This is likely the most important aspect of buying a horse. If a horse rears during your test ride, thank the owner and walk away.
Do not be surprised if you need to ride ten to twenty horses before you find the one that is right for you. With each ride you can get an idea of the quality of the horse vs the cost of the horse. Ultimately you will identify the price range you should be looking at and what you can expect for the price. Again, you are looking for the ride that makes you feel good and a personality that matches yours. If you are looking for a calm horse, no point in purchasing a spirited one. You may also want to ride your ultimate choice a number of times and if allowed may want to test it out for a week or weekend before making the ultimate decision.
Ground manners are also very important when buying a horse. You do not want a horse that kicks or bites there are far too many that do not do this to be stuck with one that does. You also want one that loads well into the back of a trailer and one that stands still while grooming. You are also looking for a horse that is easy to catch as there is no point buying one that you cannot halter.
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The Prepurchase Exam:
So you have made a decision. Now come the heart pumping time when buying a horse to fill your dreams as you really hope that the vet does not find a show stopping problem. The amount you spend on your vet check should be relative to what you are paying for the horse. If you have a lot of experience and are just looking for an inexpensive horse then you may be happy with just having a trainer check the horse out or you may just go with a very basic vet check.
If your horse is expensive then you will want a full vet check done. This will generally include lameness check, blood work, physical examination and x-rays. Expect to pay $500 to $2000 for this service. There is a large probability that the vet will find something wrong with your horse and it will be up to you to decide if the problem is severe enough to cancel your purchase plans. Like people, no horse is perfect.
Once you have purchased your horse you are free to change the name or keep the name the other owner had. Naming a horse can be a difficult task. Check out these horse names which are arranged alpabetically. Naming a horse can also be done using a trait of the horse. Follow this link to search horse names grouped by theme at Horse-Report.com.
Congratulation, you now have experience in buying a horse.
Once you get your horse home you may be a little concerned about what to do next. You can learn about grooming, feeding, Behavior, Stable and Pastture, Health Care , Handling and Safety in Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids.
Selling your horse:
Ultimately, in most cases you will also want to sell the horse once you have out grown it. At this time, if you obtained x-rays during the pre-purchase exam you will be able to use these as initial proof that your horse was sound. The new buyer can then obtain new x-rays and compare them to yours to identify if there has been any major change since you purchased your horse.
You are now on the opposite side of the coin. You will need to advertise your horse for sale in a number of publications or online. To try and identify a reasonable starting price, you may want to check what other horses of similar skill, training, age and size are going for. A good online source is Horsetopia. Write up an ad which clearly explains all of the pluses of your horse. If you horse does have problems in a major area this should be clearly stated. Here is where you will have to use price to compensate for the horses misgivings.
You will likely be selling to people in your immediate area unless you are selling a top end performance horse. As when you purchased the horse a number of people will try the horse out prior to someone making you an offer. When someone does show interest in trying your horse set up a time with them to come out to your stable. Time permitting, you may want to allow them to watch you catch your horse if appropriate. Then let them watch you brush, clean and saddle your horse.
Once in the ring, do a regular warm up and then ask them what they would like you to show them. After you have shown them everything they want to see ask if they are ready and would feel comfortable riding your horse. If yes, ensure that they have proper riding gear including a helmet and boots and let them go. They should start off slowly until they feel comfortable on the horse.
If all goes well they will likely make you an offer. Expect to negotiate the offer. Also expect that you will have to have the horse vet checked once again. Whether you are selling or buying a horse, the vet check can always be an emotional rollercoaster. Hopefully, if all goes well the vet check will be successful and your horse will be purchased by the new happy owner.
Horse ownership is full of emotions. After buying a horse, enjoying the horse and finally selling your horse, saying goodbye to your old trusted friend can be difficult but it is just another part of horse ownership.
Another alternative to parting with your horse is to keep you horse for pleasure riding. Horseback Riding --- the ultimate Anti Aging activity! The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb