Buying a new horse can be a lot of fun, but it also can be hard finding the right one. There are so many different options to consider when making this important purchase. Don’t find yourself in a bad situation by making these top 10 purchasing mistakes.
- Not getting a vet check– While it can be expensive upfront, around $100 to $300, it can also save you the headache and heartache of buying a horse with hidden health or soundness issues.
- Buying a green horse– Beginners may be attracted to the cheap price tag, but an inexperienced horse needs a knowledgeable home and rider.
- An auction horse– Those inexperienced should also stay clear of auctions. The idea of rescuing a horse sounds noble, but it’s hard to know why the horse is there to begin with and what kind of issues may be underlying.
- Impulse buying– Whether experienced or not, buying a horse the first time you see him can result in disaster. Allow yourself time to think things over and see the horse for at least a second visit.
- Sight unseen– Purchasing a horse without an in-person visit can be a big mistake. Pictures and even videos can be misleading.
- Not having your trainer evaluate the horse– If you have a trainer and plan to be competitive with your riding, it’s a good idea to have an experienced eye look over the horse.
- Buying just for color– A flashy color can really draw you in, but make sure the horse is more than just pretty. Evaluate him as an overall package.
- A free horse– The saying ‘there’s nothing free about a free horse’ usually holds true.
- Buying a foal– Parents like the idea of buying a foal so that it can be raised with their child. This is usually a big mistake. Two greens make black and blue. Find your child a slow and steady horse to learn on.
- Not considering an older horse– An older schoolmaster can be the perfect horse for riders to learn on. Don’t overlook a horse just because he’s a senior.
Keep these mistakes in mind when you make your purchase, so that you can avoid them!