Whether you’re buying a horse for yourself or for your child, buying a first horse can be a long but exciting process. The key to finding a great horse is to be patient and to keep an open mind. However, it’s also important to know that there are a few things to be careful of. Depending on your skill level, you’ll want to take the time to find a horse that is both in your price range and skilled in the discipline you are interested, as well as the right fit temperament and experience-wise. For example, if you are a beginner rider, you will not want to buy a direct off the track thoroughbred unless you have a skilled trainer on your side to help train them to be a riding horse. According to equine law, a bill of sale must be filled out during the purchase. It is up to you (but highly recommended) whether or not you’d like a full pre-purchase exam performed prior to purchase. Below are a few more things to consider when buying your first horse:
Buying a young horse will require more training than an older horse with more years under their belt. A young, green horse will cost less but typically should only be pursued by an experienced rider rather than a green rider… as the saying goes, “Green plus green equals black and blue.”
Discipline and Experience
Aside from English or Western, you must consider what you’ll be doing with the horse. From hunter/jumpers to dressage, to western gaming and barrel racing, an experienced horse will have one (or more) discipline that they’ve been trained for. A green horse can typically be trained for anything but you may want to choose a certain breed. For example, Quarter Horses excel at barrel racing and Standardbreds excel at endurance, while thoroughbreds and Warmbloods excel at show jumping.
This is completely you’re decision but its helpful to know that the more training and experience a horse has, the more expensive it will be. However, there are other factors that go into this, such as age, health and soundness issues, height, show experience, conformation, and the need to get rid of a horse quickly.
If you are unsure about buying a first horse, it’s important to consult with a professional, such as an experienced trainer to be sure that you aren’t being ripped off when it comes to buying a horse. Unfortunately, as with any industry, the horse world can be dishonest as well, especially when someone’s looking for a quick sale with an unsuspecting buyer. Check out the basics of equine law when it comes to buying a horse and be patient – the right horse for you is out there somewhere!
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