Your first, second or even third horse buying experience is an exciting experience and it is easy to be impulsive. Those big, beautiful brown eyes that you look into can be such an emotional connection that all your senses disappear! The thing to remember is that the purchase of the wrong horse can mean the difference of your riding experience or driving and may be unsafe. With that said, let’s go over the top mistakes that horse buyers make when they purchase a horse.
Top Horse Buying Mistakes
Purchasing a Horse that Has Not Been Trained
One of the greatest reasons for purchasing an untrained horse is that the horses are cheaper. Most experienced horsemen and women will warn new riders not to purchase a horse that has not been trained. Even if you have intentions of sending the horse to a trainer, don’t! Each beginner horse rider should purchase a trained horse to ensure their safety and happiness. You’ll also have a special joy with the horse enjoying it from the moment you unload it.
Not Giving Thought to an Older Horse
Many first time riders think that an older horse is out of the question- to the contrary! Just as a human, older horses are wise, a horse that has seen and experienced the world and can be a great horse for a beginner. If the horse is healthy and sound then there is no reason why you can’t ride it.
Purchasing a Horse for the Kids to Grow Up With
The notion of purchasing a young horse for your children to grow up with is quite warming, but, in all reality, the two are not a safe combination. Young riders and young horses should never mix. A mature horse is much better suited for young children as the horse knows how to handle itself.
Purchasing a Horse at Auction
Without a great deal of experience it is not likely that you will get a good horse at an auction. Horses are not themselves at an auction. This is simply because of all the commotion, and it is common for horse to freeze or to be quite confused. Owners can also drug the horses to make them look healthy or calm.
Purchasing a Horse on Impulse
Don’t purchase a horse because you fall in love with those big beautiful eyes. Too many horse buyers, especially newbies, buy a horse on impulse. Ride the horse, ask questions, and think about the purchase for at least a night. It’s always best to look at more than one purchase.
Do Not Ask for a Trial Period
There is no reason NOT to ask for a trial period. If you can provide a good home, you’ve met one of the biggest concerns of the seller. Most sellers will agree to a trial period, so definitely ask. This only ensures that you and the horse are a good fit.
Purchasing Too Much Horse
You might have high hopes for you and your horse; but, think realistically. Is it realistic that you jump 5 foot concrete culverts in a cross country event? You want to purchase a horse that is suitable for safe learning.
Purchasing a Horse for Its Color
It is all too common that new horse buyers want a certain color or pattern in a horse. Your priority should be a horse that is healthy and well trained.
Do Not Consider the Time and Expense of Caring for a Horse
Horses do not come without responsibility! Horses eat and drink- they need exercise and attention each day. The expenses don’t stop once you get your horse home. Be aware of the expense and time involved to care for a horse.