Tips to Buying a Horse

I have been asked a few times what to look for when buying a new horse, or the average cost etc.

Therefore, I decided to write up this post just to summarize some crucial points to keep in mind before purchasing a horse.

Things to think of before considering buying a horse:

  • Determine your level: If you are a beginner, it is best to stick with riding schools or leasing rather than owning a horse until you are a little more experienced
  • Commitment: Are you ready to commit to taking care of a horse and riding it often?
  • Cost: A horse’s price may range, but the cost of livery and other services they need for maintenance is costly with each month
  • Outcome: Why are you looking to buy a horse? what is your goal? Leisure riding? competing? etc.
  • Look around: Do not settle for one breeder/seller, ask around and see what’s out there
  • Ask around: Do not be afraid to ask horse owners about the lifestyle and their experience with their horses
  • Get Help: Do not attempt to go ride a horse on your own. Make sure you have a knowledgable trainer, friend, horse owner etc, with you
  • People are not always honest: Hard truth is that people lie, whether it be about the horse, price, history etc. So keep that in mind.

Things to think of when considering a horse:

  • Pick a discipline: as horses of different breeds are used for different disciplines 
  • Keep options open: Just because you liked an ad for one horse, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at others
  • Take an experienced person with you
  • Watch the horse being lead walking and trotting
  • Observe as being ridden: Ask seller or person with you to ride the horse beforehand if you are not comfortable
  • Ride the horse yourself
  • Check horse’s behaviour: Loading in trailer, stable manners, farrier etc.
  • Temper: are they too temperamental or too lazy?
  • Experience: What have they done in the past? Schoolmaster? green? 
  • Age: Old does not mean experienced and vise versa
  • Horse History: Check the horses medical and training history
  • Price: Are they worth the price asked? Always negotiate 
  • VET CHECK VET CHECK VET CHECK! I cannot stress enough about this, but make sure you do a vet check that is not in the same location as the horse is generally in, as things may be overlooked or gotten used to.

I hope I didn’t forget anything els, if so please comment below 🙂