How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Horse
Horse Buying Guide
Thursday 03 December 2009
Horse Buying Advice – The Basics
Buying a horse is a big commitment both in time and finances and it is important that you make an informed choice. Knowing the ins and outs is vital, you should not feel obliged to buy a horse in particular, all horses are negotiable in price and make sure you do not let anyone guilt you into buying a horse.
How to Buy a Horse
1. Do not fall in love with the first horse you see – finding a horse that is compatible with you will take time and effort. It is important that you give more than one horse a chance and don’t fixate on the first one you see and buy a horse at any price.
2. Do not buy a horse that is too young – if you are not an experienced rider buying a young horse is a bad idea. The horse will be as nervous as you are, feel unstable and could buck. Buy a horse that is a few years old so he is at ease when ridden.
3. Dealers that think their horse is the most talented – be wary of a horse dealer that tries to sell you a horse by describing it as talented. Do not forget they are trying to part you from your money; this horse may not be any fitter for shows than the next one you consider.
4. Do not buy what you think is a stallion – when buying a horse it might be a temptation thinking you can breed from it but you will not fetch a lot of money unless the horse is a proven winner.
5. Do not tell the seller what you are willing to spend – this is a simple mistake when buying a horse but could result in you being overcharged.
6. Put on your best poker face – be calm and unemotional, if a seller notices you are in love with a particular horse it gives them the green flag to charge you whatever they wish because they know you will buy a horse you love.
7. Consult your child’s horse riding instructor – when buying for a child it is important you ask the advice of their instructor and check they approve of the horse.
8. Consider different breeds – just like dogs, horses of different breeds have very different temperaments. It is particularly important if you own other horses already to buy a horse that will fit in.
9. Think about the space you have – be sensible and realistic, if you have a small plot of land do not buy a big horse as it will not have adequate space to move around.
10. Take your time – there is no rush and there are plenty of wonderful horses to choose from.
If you have found this article useful then why not check out our other articles on how to buy a horse.