Buying a new horse is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it’s easy to end up saddled, excuse the pun, with the wrong horse. If you jump into buying one too quickly then you may find that your new horse has health or behavioural issues, or simply isn’t ‘as advertised’. To buy quality horses you simply need to follow a few simple guidelines.
- Search trustworthy ads – Search on a website that specialises in advertising horses.
- Visit the horse – It’s essential to visit the horse before purchasing, but it also advisable to ride the horse and have a vet check up before committing.
- Watch out for sedation – If the owner has a problem, flighty horse then they may sedate the horse for the viewing. Signs include sweat marks on the horse, tired behavior or poor fitness.
If you are looking to buy quality horses, such as Thoroughbreds, show jumpers or rare breeds, then take a browse on The Horse Exchange.