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    Default Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    As title really, what questions do you ask when enquiring about/ viewing a horse?

    Said horse is 3yr old and unbacked. Plan to back myself and use as an allrounder if that helps.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    How long owned?
    Where did they get it from if they didn't breed it?
    Have they done any ground work, is it well handled?
    How is it to have feet done?
    Has it had dentist, wolf teeth done?
    Why selling?
    Any known health problems?

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    Brilliant. Thank you

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    You can download a horse-buying checklist here:
    http://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/...checklist.html
    It's a bit Americanised, I found it quite useful when I bought Jasper. Hope it helps! x

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    at the risk of sounding cynical - my learning has been to assume that unless i see the horse actually do something - i take anything said with a pinch [mountain] of salt
    i would want to see any horse DO everything it alledgedly does & if thats not piossible would want to speak to farrier/dentist/clipper person/etc etc to get feedback on its behaviour for shoes/dentist etc
    for a youngster would want to see it
    being caught
    led in
    basic ground manners including around food
    would want to put on & remove a rug
    lift up all feet
    let it see a pair of clipers
    pos use hose on feet
    groom all over
    see it load & unload
    good luck

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    Thanks again everyone, some good questions I usually don't think of.
    I'll keep you updated

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    I am a bit worried that you are going to buy a pig in a poke, that is to say, if you don't have enough experience to know what questions to ask about it, kinda tells me you may not have enough experience to break a horse, so even if you find a good type, no one can guarantee that it will be easy to back or a suitable ride for you, a few ponies are so kind and willing that they forgive their handler, some will object to everything, and you need to be confident that it is them and not you, otherwise you will end up ruining a good horse.
    The vendor may be keen to get your money, so will make it easy for you. Once upon a time, I asked so many questions that I was not allowed to come and see the pony, I think they were looking for a mug!

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    Default Re: Questions to ask when viewing a horse?

    Quote Originally Posted by rubysmum View Post
    at the risk of sounding cynical - my learning has been to assume that unless i see the horse actually do something - i take anything said with a pinch [mountain] of salt
    i would want to see any horse DO everything it alledgedly does & if thats not piossible would want to speak to farrier/dentist/clipper person/etc etc to get feedback on its behaviour for shoes/dentist etc
    for a youngster would want to see it
    being caught
    led in
    basic ground manners including around food
    would want to put on & remove a rug
    lift up all feet
    let it see a pair of clipers
    pos use hose on feet
    groom all over
    see it load & unload
    good luck
    Ooh err my horse is seven and hates being hosed, never thought this is relevant to a sale.
    If it had never had a rug on, I would understand that it might object.
    It could be three and un-handled, that would not faze me, why should it?
    I would not expect it to have been clipped!
    It might never have been asked to load, is this part of its education?
    Buying a youngster is a risk in many respects, if it has been trained to lift legs, fine, and I would expect it to be reasonably handled, but it might not have been. Yes if the owner makes claims then he has to prove them.
    Far better to buy off a breeder who knows what they are doing, and has several to show you.
    Last edited by Miss L Toe; 22-05-11 at 06:41 PM.

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