Questions to Ask as You Shop for a Horse
Part of the Horses For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Buying a horse is a big deal. It’s a process that deserves and needs some thought and preparation. When you set off on your horse-shopping adventure, arm yourself with the following questions for the seller:
How much are you asking for the horse? Is this price negotiable?
How old is the horse?
How big is the horse? (How many hands?)
What is the horse’s gender and size?
In which discipline is the horse ridden?
Has the horse ever had professional training?
Is the horse suitable for a beginning rider?
Is the horse suitable for children (if you have kids who will ride the horse)?
Does the horse load into a trailer?
Does the horse have any bad habits such as cribbing (biting a fence while sucking in air), weaving (shifting back and forth repeatedly from front leg to front leg), or pulling back when tied?
Does the horse have any medical problems or a history of medical problems like colic, lameness, or allergies?
Why are you selling the horse?