Viewing a New Horse For Sale

Take An Experienced Person With You

No matter how experienced you are it is always wise to take someone experienced with you when viewing a new horse, ideally someone who can be objective, is aware of your riding ability, your search criteria and your budget.

When viewing a horse watch it being handled and trotted up and check their general health, behaviour and temperament.  Run your hands over their entire body to look for old injuries, signs of discomfort or abnormalities. Observe the horse being tied up and tacked up to see whether he is showing any signs of discomfort or anxiety.

Check the details on their horse passport, to ensure they match with the advert of the horse, ie its age, breed, height, colour and name as well as the owner’s details on the passport.

Trying The Horse

It is essential that someone rides the horse first.  We advise strongly against purchasing horses untried, “as seen from the field.”  Your safety is paramount and you only have the owner’s word for it that the horse is “safe”.  Try to see the horse ridden in different environments undertaking different activities in order to monitor any change in behaviour.  If you like the way the horse is going and feel confident in your ability to ride the horse you may try the horse at your own risk.  It is sensible to have your own accident insurance in place as the owner of the horse is not liable should you fall off.

After trying the horse, if you are still interested and feel they could be a good fit, you should go away and thoroughly weigh up the pros and cons with your experienced friend. Ideally arrange a second viewing before making a final decision.  It may also be that the owner would consider a short trial period subject to terms.  Try not to make emotional decisions or be pushed to make a quick decision by an owner.

Don’t Buy the First Horse You See

Ideally try a few horses before making a final decision as it can take time to find the right horse and comparing different horses can be helpful as they will all feel and behave slightly differently.   Horses are a long term and costly commitment so making the right decision and being confident in that decision is very important.  If it doesn’t feel right and you are unsure don’t buy the horse.

Get The Horse Vetted

It is strongly recommended to have a Pre Purchase Veterinary Examination carried out by an independent veterinary surgeon if you are serious about buying the horse.  The owner may insist that you pay a deposit for the horse subject to it passing the Vet Exam.  If this is the case make sure you obtain a full receipt, signed and dated outlining the terms of refunding the deposit should the horse fail the vetting.  It is also useful to have the full name and address of both parties added to the receipt.

To read more about the benefits of a Veterinary Exam please click here.

To read more about how to avoid being missold a horse read this article here.

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