If you have plans of buying a new horse, then you will probably spend plenty of time looking at horses for sale. These seven tips can help you in your search for your new horse.
Know What You’re Looking For
Before you start looking at sale ads, make a list of the characteristics that you want your new horse to have. Knowing the temperament, ideal age, height, training, and experience that you’re looking for in a horse can allow you to quickly work your way through the many horses for sale that you’re sure to encounter.
Know Your Budget
Decide what your budget will be for your horse’s purchase, and stick to it. While you may be able to offer a bit less than what a seller is offering for a horse, if a horse is significantly out of your budget, it’s best to save your time and not inquire about the horse.
Before you make the time to go visit and test ride a horse, ask the seller any questions that you may have. Asking questions ahead of time can help you to eliminate a horse who isn’t ideal, saving both your own and the seller’s time.
Bring Your Trainer
When you do go look at horses for sale, bring your trainer along. Your trainer can help by test riding the horse, and can also spot potential issues that you may not notice on your own.
Consider a Pre-Purchase Exam
Pre-purchase exams are always recommended when buying a new horse. A pre-purchase exam can identify physical issues which could potentially restrict the horse’s use in the future. In many cases, a pre-purchase exam is well worth the cost.
Don’t Let Yourself Be Rushed
If a seller is trying to pressure you into making a fast decision about buying a horse, then it’s time to walk away from the deal. No seller should ever pressure you to make such a significant decision quickly, and if a seller is putting on the pressure, then there’s probably a reason behind it.
Get Everything in Writing
Whenever you buy a horse, make sure that you receive a written and signed contract indicating the horse’s sale. This is your proof that you now own the horse. Store it in a safe place – if anyone ever challenges the fact that you own the horse, you will need this document.
Best of luck with your search for a new horse!