How To Buy a Horse

The joys of owning a horse are overwhelming. And you have decided to buy a horse. Here are few tips on how to buy a horse.

  1. The first thing you want to look for in a horse is his age, physical condition and soundness. You can estimate a horse's age by the wear of his teeth. If you do not know how to do this simply ask someone who does to go with you when buying a horse. The physical condition of the horse is another thing you need to check out. Have someone to walk, trot, and canter the horse (with a lunge line or riding, etc.) and carefully watch for any limps, short strides, unsmooth gates or transition of gates, and just watch the horse all over for any thing that looks out of the ordinary. The soundness of the horse is just about the most important thing when buying a horse. Soundness is how good of shape the horse's hooves are in. Check their hooves for large splits and cracks, for sensitive or tender areas when cleaning them, any foul odor coming from the hooves, and evenness the hoof's edge.
  2. The next thing when you need to know when you are going to purchase a horse is exactly what you are going to be doing with the horse. Are you going to be trail riding, showing, jumping, pleasure riding, using with cattle, etc.? Then you must look for a horse that will do one or even all of these things. Yes, some horses are versatile enough to do all of them. The best example of that is a Quarter Horse. You need to make sure you buy a horse that is specifically bread for jumping and comes from a line of jumpers. The same goes with all other areas.
  3. Then, of course, when buying a horse you must know what breed you want to buy and why. Buying a horse is not hard once you think about what breed is best for your needs. For example, most of the time Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds are some of the best for jumping horses. Quarter Horses are the best cattle horses. Arabians make some of the best for showing. Knowledge of each breed and their advantages and disadvantages will help you out in purchasing your horse.

Knowing some specifics, such as the breeds, how to tell the age, and how to determine soundness and wellness, makes purchasing a horse much easier.


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