Do you know what to ask before buying a horse? Horse shopping can be overwhelming, and pointing out the good from the bad can sometimes prove to be difficult. To help you when you want to purchase a horse here is a list of basic questions to get you started.
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What to Ask Before Buying a Horse
Is the horse a stallion, mare or gelding. A stallion is an unaltered male, normally highly spirited thus not recommended for beginners. Mares and geldings i.e. castrated males are gentler thus recommended for beginners.
Is the horse registered?
This is very important to avoid buying a stolen horse, thus ask for the bill of sale showing that the horse was legally acquired. You can achieve this by using the services of a reliable horse seller.
What is the health condition of the horse?
You should be able to observe and also ask certain questions concerning its health status such as:
- Has it ever been injured?
- Has it ever been ill?
- Is it currently ill and are there any health concerns?
- You should also ask if it has ever been vetted?
- Has it ever been vaccinated, are there any ongoing vaccination and if any which?
- How often is it dewormed and which de-wormer should be used?
- Does the horse have special needs or existing health condition? The answer to this should always be NO!
- What is its personality quirks?
You should ask questions like:
- Has it had any training issues?
- Does it require any special tack?
- Does it require a firm handler?
- How does it respond to corrections?
- What areas of the horses training is lacking and need work?
- How does the horse handle stress?
How tall is the horse?
Normally, a short person or younger person may prefer a smaller horse as opposed to a tall horse. This will also help you know if it is difficult to find a saddle that fits etc.
How much, and what kind of experience does the horse have?
When getting the horse, you have to look at its experience with regards to what you need it for. You ask questions like:
- What level rider does it need?
- How frequently is the horse ridden and when was it last ridden?
- Is it competitive and what are its results?
- Which regulation is it best suited for?
- What is the horse like when you take it out?
- How good are they with crossing natural obstacles?
- Has the horse ever bucked, bolted or reared?
- Is it good at jumping?
- Can the horse be taken out alone or does it needs company?
- Who has trained the horse?
- Does the horse cargo easily?
- What types of trailers has it been in?
- Is it easy to catch?
- How much ground work has it done?
- Does it require a firm handler?
- Has it been lunged?
- Have their hooves been trimmed regularly?
- Has it ever required corrective shoeing?
- Who is its farrier?
- Are its feet prone to cracking?
- What feed and supplements is the horse on now?
Asking these important questions will help you choose the right horse, especially if you are buying for the first time.
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