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The Dos And Don’ts Of Horse Shopping

Getting a new horse? Don't miss this buying advice!

July 01, 2019

What an exciting time! Horse shopping is an experience you won’t forget. From the highs to the lows, this adventure has one end goal- to help you get the horse of your dreams. Whether this is your first horse or you’re a pro, these tips will go a long way.

The Dos of Horse Shopping

  • Create a checklist of desirable qualities in your future mount
  • Set a budget and stick to it
  • Ask lots of question before you make an appointment
  • Bring an experienced horse person along with you
  • Save money for a pre-purchase exam
  • Ride/try the horse more than once
  • Watch them in the field and stall
  • Ask for vet, de-worming, and farrier records
  • Check papers if buying a registered animal
  • Evaluate their potential in your chosen discipline
  • Be honest about your experience and abilities
  • Watch the horse be groomed and tacked up
  • Take your own pictures/video to help in the decision-making process
  • Research the seller or breeder

The Don’ts of Buying

  • Buy sight unseen
  • Select a young, untrained horse if you’re a beginner
  • Attend an auction without experience
  • Limit yourself to a certain color or breed
  • Believe everything the seller says
  • Get pressured or pursued into buying a horse you don’t want
  • Only try one horse out
  • Ignore the advice of your trainer
  • Look at horses over your budget
  • Waste the time of sellers
  • Buy without a bill of sale

Depending on your experience, the best thing you can do is enlist the help of your trainer or a trustworthy horse friend. They will be able to guide you through the process and help your find your perfect riding partner.

Take a look at 20 Questions To Ask When Buying A Horse before you make an in-person appointment.

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