Finding yourself the perfect hunter can make or break your season — and determine how much of your hip flask needs to be consumed before you jump anything.

But with so many hunters for sale, knowing what you want can be difficult. So what should you be looking for?

H&H’s hunting editor Polly Portwin says: “The key is to be realistic about your riding ability and then to buy a horse suitable for your own standards.

“Don’t go buying a green 4-year-old straight off the boat from Ireland if you don’t have the time or the knowledge to make it into a suitable hunter.

“For those who are not quite the riders they once were, there is no shame in admitting that the time has come to rely on a saintly schoolmaster that will try to keep even a wobbly passenger in the saddle and continuously forgive those that take out their teeth over a fence!

“As with buying any horse, soundness and conformation are key, and in particular try to ensure the horse at least has good feet — there is nothing more irritating than going across the first muddy field to find your horse has pulled a shoe.”

Take a look at these 7 hunters for sale this week.

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